Jan van der Straat

Jan van der Straat. Venationes ferarum, auium, piscium pugnae bestiariorum & mutuae bestiarum. Antwerp, [1630].

 Jan van der Straat. Venationes ferarum, auium, piscium pugnae bestiariorum & mutuae bestiarum. Antwerp, [1630].

Flemish Renaissance artist Jan van der Straat (1523-1605) worked for most of his life in Italy as a designer of cartoons for tapestries. From 1553 to 1571, he was employed by Cosimo de'Medici to design a series of lavish representations of hunting, fowling, and fishing for the adornment of twenty rooms in the Palace of Peggio-a-Cajano. TheVenationes magnificently commemorates these designs (and others) depicting the traditional hunting methods of the renaissance with fanciful subjects of Eastern origin. The engravers of this work were trained by Peter Paul Rubens.