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The largest pictorial representation of geographical mapping ever made


One hundred and twenty metres long, the Gallery of Maps was completed in 1580. It was commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII and its walls are decorated with thirty-two large maps and eight smaller ones. It is the largest geographical representation ever made, with an incredible abundance of place-names, and is adorned with cityscapes and with grandiose battle-scenes. A cycle of fifty-one “miracle scenes” decorates the magnificent ceiling. This is a quite extraordinary decorative ensemble, here shown in all its detail for the first time.

Texts by A. Chiggiato, R. Ferri, C. Franzoni, L. Gambi, P. Liverani, M. Milanesi, A. Pinelli, F. Prontera, P. Sereno.

Photographs by A. Angeli e D. Pivato.

Antonio Pinelli

Il "bellissimo spsseggio" di papa Gregorio XIII Boncompagni

pag. 9

Rolando Ferri

Una "passeggiata in italia". L'anonima Ambulatio gregoriana

pag. 73

Lucio Gambi

Egnazio Danti e la Galleria delle Carte geografiche

pag. 83

Marica Milanesi

Le ragioni del ciclo delle carte geografiche

pag. 97

Antonio Pinelli

Sopra la terra, il cielo. Geografia, storia e teologia: il programma iconografico della volta

pag. 125

Paola Sereno

La fortuna del ciclo delle carte geografiche

pag. 155

Claudio Franzoni

I restauri della Galleria delle Carte geografiche

pag. 169

Le carte geografiche

pag. 177

Le anfore e le erme

pag. 385

La volta

pag. 407



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