The names of other noteworthy Renaissance figures went through similar transformations: the Danish-born scientist Niels Stensen (1638-1686) was known as "Niccolò Stenone" at the court of Ferdinando II (the fifth Medici Grand Duke), and we all call the Polish astronomer "Copernicus" (1473-1543). Meanwhile the Genovese navigator Giovanni Caboto (c1450-c1499) called himself "John Cabot" when he convinced Henry VII of England (Henry Tudor, 1457-1509) to finance his exploration of the New World accidentally discovered by his more famous countryman "Cristobal Colon" (1451-1506).
I recently came across Stradanus' name again: in addition to the two panels in Francesco's studiolo, Stradano also produced a great many prints including a set of illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy. Here are a few of my favorites from the Inferno:
|Canto II: Beatrice calls upon Virgil|
|Map of Lower Hell|
|Canto IX: Virgil argues with the truculent demons at the Gates of Dis|
|Canto 34: Behold the King of Hell|