Vatican Gallery of Maps – The long gallery of map frescoes in the Vatican City

A gallery located on the west side of the Belvedere Courtyard in the Vatican containing a series of painted topographical maps of Italy based on drawings by Italian Roman Catholic prelate and geographer Ignazio Danti.

The long Vatican gallery of 1500s map frescoes on the left side of the Cortile del Belvedere building / Image source

Vatican Gallery of Maps was commissioned in 1580 by Pope Gregory XIII as part of other artistic works commissioned by the Pope to decorate the Vatican. It took Danti three years to complete the 40 panels of the 120 m long gallery.

The panels map the entirety of the Italian peninsula in large-scale frescoes, each depicting a region as well as a perspective view of its most prominent city / Image source

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