Isola Bella and Naiads by Albert Decaris

Isola Bella and Naiads by Albert Decaris

Isola Bella and Naiads

Albert Decaris

Title

Isola Bella and Naiads

 
Artist

Albert Decaris

  1901 - 1988 (biography)
Year
c. 1930  
Technique
engraving 
Image Size
17 1/2 x 19 7/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
83 of 100  
Annotations
pencil editioned 
Reference
Boussard-Decaris 842; illustrated on page 280 
Paper
antique-white MV France wove with watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
17440 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description

Albert Decaris valued the precision and minute detail achieved with steel plates, and he was most known for his commissioned work on books, stamps, and views of various cities.

This depiction of the palatial estate of Carlo III on the Italian island of Isola Bella steps outside of this more formal realm, and is given a surreal mythological air by the central focus: four nymphs (Naiads) dancing in the water that envelopes the palace garden.

The gardens were designed by Angelo Crivelli and the palace, which was dedicated to Carlo III's wife Isabella D'Adda (hence the island's name) but was not finished because of the plague. The house and garden were finished in 1671 by Carlo IV.