Historic map room reopens at the Uffizi
LIGHT MODE
DARK MODE
Get 1 year from 27.50 €

Digital and paper subscriptions available worldwide

Subscribe now

Historic map room reopens at the Uffizi

bookmark
Tue 14 Dec 2021 4:38 PM

The Terrace of the Geographic Maps has reopened at the Uffizi after a 20-year closure, with the brief exception of an exhibition on Leonardo’s Tavola Doria in 2014.

 

 

 

 

The late 16th-century maps each occupy entire walls and show the Florence and Siena areas, while a third wall shows Elba Island and a large window provides a breath-taking view over the cityscape.

 

 

The reopening of the terrace was planned on the first day of the International Cartographic Conference (December 13-18) at the University of Florence. Designed by Giorgio Vasari, the space was constructed as an open loggia, which was later enclosed in the 1690s on Ferdinando de’ Medici’s return from Rome to become the grand duke of a unified Tuscany after Florence proved victorious over Siena. To celebrate the occasion and the magnitude of the dynasty, the cartographer Stefano Bonsignori made maps of the grand duchy, which went on to be painted by Ludovico Buti. The two large maps show the Medici family’s land holdings in a scale of 1:30.000. Ferdinando’s aim was to amaze his illustrious guests by the beauty and vastness of his domains as well as moving Jacopo Zucchi’s allegorical ceiling to this space from Rome.

 

 

 

 

“On these walls we can admire a spectacular depiction of Tuscany, where the ancient names of more than 1,200 towns and villages, even the smallest and most remote of places, are elegantly handwritten in gold and often equipped with the first known pictorial representation of the various places,” explains Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Galleries.

 

 

The restoration was more than two years in the making, costing over 700,000 euro, half a million of which was donated by the Friends of the Uffizi Galleries association.

Related articles

ART + CULTURE

Museo Novecento: Julia Krahn exhibition

November 25 marked the International day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Museo Novecento acknowledged this day with the opening of Julia Krahn’s newest exhibition.

ART + CULTURE

The new Teatro di Fiesole

Fiesole now has a modern new theatre after two decades in the making.

NEWS

Florence to send locks of hair to the Iranian Embassy

Locks of hair that have been collected at the Museo Novecento in solidarity with Iranian women will be sent to the Iranian Embassy in Rome.

LIGHT MODE
DARK MODE