Having victoriously concluded the war with Siena and inaugurated the political-administrative construction of the new state, Cosimo de' Medici (1519-1574) began to build the image of power as well, launching a complex program for renovating the ancient Palazzo dei Priori. Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) was commissioned to redesign and enlarge Palazzo Vecchio, with a decorative scheme aimed at celebrating the sovereign and his government. The project included the arrangement of the Map Room, where Cosimo I, in a play of words on 'Cosimo and Kosmos', celebrated his own person through a grandiose decorative scheme.
Egnazio Danti or Giovanni Battista Giusti [attr.], Florence, 16th cent.
Maker unknown, Italian, 16th cent.
Antonio Bianchini, Italian, 1564
Egnazio Danti, Florence, 1568
Stefano Buonsignori, Florence, 1587
Giovanni Battista Giusti [attr.], Italian, 1556
Simone Barocci [attr.], Urbino, second half 16th cent.
Firenze, Museo Galileo, MED 1306
Egnazio Danti, Florence, originale 1569/ facsimile 2010
Firenze, Biblioteca Marucelliana, Ms. C 82, cc. 35v-36r
Antonio Santucci, original 1593-1594 / facsimile 2008