The Gallery of Maps in the Vatican

I am reminded of this beautiful find after going through my storage in New York and re-discovering a book I had purchased about it (La Galleria della Carte Geografiche in Vaticano) while living in Rome in 2006 to study architecture. My roommate Kim and I just happened to find it by mistake on your way to the Sistine Chapel, and we fell in love with it! 40 massive colorful map frescoes painted between the years of 1580 – 1581 by Carlo Pellegrino Danti of Perugia, Italy… line the almost 395′ long gallery/hall. The detail is incredible… and what can I say? I love maps and skylines!

Map of Venice, Italy (1580)

Detail of Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy (1580)

I can’t help but post the drawing I did of the Venice city skyline, drawn from a different perspective, but still recognizable as Venice almost 430 years later!

Venice City Skyline (2010)

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