ROSSELLI, Francesco
(b. 1445, Firenze, d. before 1513, Firenze)

View of Florence with the Chain

1480s
Woodcut, 584 x 1315 mm
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Florence

This bird's-eye view of Florence shows the city in the fifteenth century, when it was the largest in Europe. Florence had more than on hundred thousand inhabitant. A colossal dome forms a focus for the city, which is surrounded by the circle of walls and then by the Tuscan hills.