Giovanni Stradano - the Flemish name was Jan van der Straet - lived in Florence for a long time and was one of the most accomplished collaborators of Giorgio Vasari. In the year of the five hundredth anniversary of his birth, a exhibition titled "Giovanni Stradano in Florence 1523-2023: The Strangest and Most Beautiful Inventions of the World" is dedicated to him at the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio.
The choice of venue is not accidental; indeed, Stradano was heavily involved in the reorganization of the ancient Palazzo dei Priori as the residence of the grand-ducal family, a role that suited him well as a versatile artist. The exhibition showcases eighty works, including paintings, drawings, prints, books, tapestries, and instruments, from Tuscan, Italian, and foreign museums.
The exhibition, open until February 18, 2024, can be visited with guided tours for both young and adult audiences, scheduled every Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m., with children's workshops on Sundays at 11:45 a.m.
Some "off-exhibition" routes lead to the discovery of Stradano in the city: November 25, December 16, January 28, February 18 at 10:00 a.m.
The exhibition is realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Tourism "Fund for UNESCO Sites and Creative Cities."