«This invention and caprice was conceived by Duke Cosimo to bring together all of the things of Heaven and Earth, correctly and without error, and to be able to see and measure them, both separately and all together, for those who delight in studying this wonderful profession…» (Giorgio Vasari)
This luxurious, richly illustrated edition shows the Earth as it was known in the sixteenth century through the maps and images of the Map Room in the Florentine Palazzo Vecchio. Multidisciplinary studies examined in particular the 53 panels depicting various countries as well as the large central globe. The volume refers to various selections of marvelous or peculiar images included in the room’s decorations, which together with the maps reflect the cosmological view of the world and its history during the time of Cosimo Medici I.
Forewords by Cristina Acidini, Aureliano Benedetti, Leonardo Domenici, Eugenio Giani. Texts by Alessandro Cecchi, Giovanna Lazzi, Giancarlo Lombardi, Massimo Marcolin, Paola Pacetti, Elisabetta Stumpo.