The scroll reads: "Once Geographers used to add to countries they did not know horrible forests, seas impossible to navigate and fierce mountains... doing this they hid the truth and concealed many beautiful countries, scaring men from seeking them. But the Portuguese, looking for honour and riches, laid the columns placed by Hercules, the very ancient King of Spain. And sailing along these shores, they discovered these beautiful lands and disturbed the peace of these people." Photo: Rabatti & Domingie


  • Title: Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon
  • Date Created: 1580
  • cartographer: Stefano Bonsignori
  • Theme: map
  • Physical Dimensions: w111 x h115 cm (Complete)
  • Original title: Niger, Nigeria e Camerun
  • 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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