(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

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Controlling the waters of Granducal Florence: A new look at Stefano Bonsignori’s view of the City (1584)

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A striking feature of Stefano Bonsignori’s Nova pulcherrimae civitatis Florentiae topographia accuratissime delineata, printed in 1584, is the pre-eminence of the Arno River and the detailed depiction of a variety of often quite minor water-related structures. This large (nine-sheet) map was dedicated to Francesco I de’ Medici, Granduke of Florence. Contemporary initiatives and legislation as well as works of art and literature reveal that water management had been an important aspect of the policies of Francesco’s father, Cosimo I, whose achievements had transformed the city’s landscape and whose efforts earned the Medici ruler the title of Granduke of Tuscany in 1569. Bonsignori’s portrayal of urban structures was created as a celebration of Cosimo’s architectural legacy, and the depiction of the Arno, with its embankments and riverside structures, along with some of the city’s fountains and wells, acknowledged granducal ambition to control its waters


Article of periodic

published at : Imago mundi / ISSN 1479-7801

Editor : Routledge, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1935)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 61, no2 [pp. 1-20]

Bibliographic references : 43 ref.

Collation : 16 fig.




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