(b. 1547, Verona, d. 1627, Firenze)

Pineapple (Bromelia ananas)

Drawing, 675 x 461 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Grand Duke Francesco I de' Medici was an enthusiastic student of natural history and the physical sciences. One of his correspondents was the naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi, to whom Francesco sent drawings by Ligozzi, his court painter. In the wake of the age of exploration, drawings such as Ligozzi's were important mediums of study.