Tunisia and Libya

Stefano Bonsignori1579

Palazzo Vecchio Museum

Palazzo Vecchio Museum

The scroll reads: "The first ruler of Libya, that is minor Africa, was Triton from Saba…. Later the Phoenicians came, they built many cities among which Carthage that fought against the Romans, but under the Roman rule this Province remained shattered , untile the king of the Vandals Genserigo bought it... up until the Turks, who still rule it today." Photo: Rabatti & Domingie

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  • Title: Tunisia and Libya
  • Date Created: 1579
  • cartographer: Stefano Bonsignori
  • Theme: map
  • Physical Dimensions: w111 x h117 cm (Complete)
  • Original title: Tunisia e Libia
  • 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