The scroll reads: "Saturn was the first king of Egypt, a very noble and famous Province in which since the beginning all sciences and good arts flourished. This province was not ruled by an absolute monarchy as the other ones but was ruled by more people, and this government was called Dynasty or Potentate... But Selimo, great Prince of the Turks, obtained it and turned it into a province during the rulership of the emperor Maximillian. The Sultans put out the ancient nobility and virtue of this land, but the superb pyramids still bear testimony to its greatness and power. And its inhabitants still enjoy the extraordinary fertility of the soil due to the Nile, that every year inundates the entire land." Photo: Rabatti&Domingie


  • Title: Egypt
  • Date Created: 1578
  • cartographer: Stefano Bonsignori
  • Theme: map
  • Physical Dimensions: w113 x h115 cm (Complete)
  • Original title: Egitto
  • Historical information: The panels in the Maps'Room are 53. 30 out of these were realized by the dominican friar from Perugia Egnazio Danti, the court cosmographer from 1553 to 1575; the remaining 23 were realized by the olivetan monk Stefano Bonsignori from 1576 to 1586. The panels show all the world as known at the time.
  • Type: oil painting on wood
  • Rights: Comune di Firenze, Comune di Firenze

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