Polar lands imagined on top of Siberia

Stefano Bonsignori1575/1586

Palazzo Vecchio Museum

Palazzo Vecchio Museum

The painting shows the polar lands imagined above Siberia. It reads: "In the northern parts there are the islands of Bargu that the Venetian Marco Polo states are looking north so much that the pole star is seen to go down towards the south" and "Here live the pygmy who are four feet tall as those that in Greenland are called Screlirgi". Photo: Rabatti & Domingie

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  • Title: Polar lands imagined on top of Siberia
  • Date Created: 1575/1586
  • cartographer: Stefano Bonsignori
  • Theme: map
  • Physical Dimensions: w56 x h117 cm (Complete)
  • Original title: Terre polari immaginate sopra la Siberia
  • 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