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Iceland

Egnazio Danti1565

Palazzo Vecchio Museum

Palazzo Vecchio Museum
Firenze, Italy

The scroll reads: "The island of Tile, today called Iceland that is glacial land, was very celebrated by the ancients who thought it was the last part inhabited of the artic pole. The land is very mountainous and the flat lands offer wonderful pastures so they have all sorts of livestock. There is a mountain that always burns and it is believed to be the mouth of hell, since you can often hear sounds of people screaming coming out of it." Photo: Rabatti&Domingie

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  • Title: Iceland
  • Date Created: 1565
  • cartographer: Egnazio Danti
  • Theme: map
  • Physical Dimensions: w56.5 x h113 cm (Complete)
  • Original title: Islanda
  • 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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