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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Giovanni Stradano or Jan Van der Straet or van der Straat or Stradanus or Stratesis was a Flanders-born mannerist artist active mainly in 16th century Florence. Born in Bruges in 1523; he died in Florence on 11 of February 1605. He began his training in the shop of his father, then in Antwerp with Pieter Aertsen. By 1545, he had joined the Antwerp guild of Saint Luke or painters' guild, the equivalent of the Roman (Accademia San Luca). He reached Florence in 1550, where he entered in the service of the Medici Dukes and Giorgio Vasari. He also worked with Francesco Salviati in the decoration of the Vatican Belvedere. He returned to Florence and worked in the Palazzo Vecchio and the villa of Poggio a Caiano. He was one of the artists involved in the Studiolo of Francesco I (1567-1577), to which he contributed two paintings including The Alchemist's Studio[1].

Karel van Mander wrote about him in his Schilder-boeck, mentioning that he was 74 in 1603 and still a member of the Florence drawing academy.

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