Stradanus 1523-1605 – Court Artist of the Medici


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Johannes Stradanus (Jan van der Straet, Giovanni Stradano) is one of the most well-known unknown artists in history. Even though the Bruges-born painter (1523-1605) had a more than successful career in the highly competitive city of Florence in the second half of the 16th century, his name long remained a well-hidden secret for specialists only. Many of his works, though, are very well known. Around 1570, Stradanus û who began as designer of tapestries and fresco painter in service of the Mediciûstarted a second career as draughtsman and designer of hundreds of prints. These were engraved, published and distributed all over the then-known world by Antwerp publishers in huge numbers. It are these works û widely collected, copied and used û which secured Stradanus’s place in art history as an inventive and influential artist. Based on the first ever monographic exhibition on Stradanus in the Groeningemuseum in Bruges (2008- 2009), this study aims to reassess the importance and versatility of the artist’s oeuvre.

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