Photographer's Note

The Gallery of the Maps in the Sistine Museum in the Vatican was built in 1580 under the reign of Pope Gregory XIII. It is 120 m. long (395 feet) and 6 m. wide (19 feet) and is named after the maps painted on the walls in 40 different panels, each devoted to a region, island or particular territory of Italy. Gregory XIII had these painted here between 1580 and 1583 by Antonio Dante and they are important records of 16th century geography and cartography of the time.

But I was more interested in the barrel vault ceiling that is covered with these beautiful, bright frescos. But I canít find out who painted them or when.

I scanned the photo on an HP Scanjet 2400, 1200dpi/48bit scanner and sharpened it, and hopefully it shows up the brilliant colours of the ceiling. I slightly cropped it but I wanted to show as much of the ceiling as I could.

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