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Plate 22: a beggar woman with three children, one child on her shoulders, one child

Plate 22: a beggar woman with three children, one child on her shoulders, one child


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Plate 22: a beggar woman with three children, one child on her shoulders, one child

Plate 22: a beggar woman with three children, one child on her shoulders, one child in her arms, and one child who walks in front of her to left, from Diversi capricci, ca. 1644-47

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This print titled "Plate 22: a beggar woman with three children" takes us back to the 17th century, immersing us in the raw reality of poverty. Stefano della Bella's etching skillfully captures the essence of this scene, showcasing a destitute mother carrying her burdens with unwavering strength. The image portrays a beggar woman adorned in tattered clothing, her face reflecting both weariness and determination. One child rests on her shoulders while another is cradled gently in her arms. The third child walks ahead, symbolizing their resilience amidst adversity. Della Bella's attention to detail transports us to an Italian countryside setting, where these marginalized individuals navigate their daily struggles. The shawl draped over the mother's shoulder adds a touch of warmth against the harsh backdrop. As we observe this poignant moment frozen in time, it serves as a reminder of the hardships faced by countless families throughout history. It prompts reflection on societal inequalities and compels us to question our own role in addressing them. Displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this photograph evokes empathy and compassion for those less fortunate. It stands as a testament to Stefano della Bella's artistic prowess and his ability to capture profound human experiences through his work.

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