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Sala del Mappamondo – Villa Farnese, Caprarola, Italy (1573-1575)

Artist/Designer: Giacomo Barozzi Vignola

Project Location: Italy

Figure 1: Perspective View ( Source | Accessed : February 23, 2022 | Photographer: Lucia Fantasia )
Figure 2: View of Map ( Source | Accessed : February 23, 2022 | Photographer: Roberto Marinoni )
Figure 3: Layout of painted map scene ( Source | Accessed : March 24, 2022 | Photographer: Loren Partridge )
Figure 4: Exterior View of the Villa ( Source | Accessed : March 24, 2022 | Photographer: Livioandronico )


Primary Material(s):

Residential Structure

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
16th Century, 1573, 1574, 1575

Additional Information:
Also known as "Villa Caprarola"

Publications/Texts in Print:

Coffin, David R. The Villa in the Life of Renaissance Rome. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979: 281-285.

De Wesselow, Thomas. "The'wall of the Mappamondo': The Trecento Decoration of the West Wall of the Sala Del Mappamondo in the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena." PhD diss., Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London), 2000.

Partridge, Loren. “The Room of Maps at Caprarola, 1573-75.” The Art Bulletin 77, no. 3 (1995): 413–44.

Partridge, Loren W. “Vignola and the Villa Farnese at Caprarola-Part I.” The Art Bulletin 52, no. 1 (1970): 81–87.


Building Address: Piazza Farnese, 1, 01032 Caprarola VT, Italy

Patron: Cardinal Alessandro Farnese

Significant Dates: Built 1559 by Vignola, Maps painted by the artist Giovanni Antonio da Varese

Associated Buildings by Vignola: Villa Giulia, Villa Lante, and Chiesa del Gesù.

Associated Projects: Scala Regia- Villa Farnese and Room of Hercules - Villa Farnese

Tags: Renaissance, Villa

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