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Stradanus at Cooper Hewitt: A Closer Look

Tuesday, January 28, 10am
Cooper Hewitt

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Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (Flemish, active in Italy, 1523–1605),
(Top) Preparatory Sketch for a Bull Hunt with Falcons (detail), ca. 1590,
(Bottom) Men Hunting Bull with Falcons (detail), ca. 1600


The Netherlandish artist Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (1523–1605), was one of the principal artists at the Medici Court in Florence during the later sixteenth century and among the most prolific print designers of his time. More than three hundred of his preparatory drawings are in the collection of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. This workshop session will explore a selection of these drawings, which provide enormous insight into the artist’s working method, presenting iterations and revisions of compositions as well as copious notes written by the artist and his humanist collaborators. For the first time, visitors will have the opportunity to see the museum’s recently acquired Bull Hunt with Falcons (ca. 1600), a highly finished drawing, side by side with its preparatory sketch, which has been in Cooper Hewitt’s collection since 1901. Led by Dr. Julia Siemon (Assistant Curator, Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design), this session will highlight the wealth of information regarding late sixteenth-century intellectual, popular, and visual culture that can be derived from a closer look at Stradanus’s work.

Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (Flemish, active in Italy, 1523–1605), Himenea

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