"La Sicilia raccontata dai cartografi" (Sicily told by cartographers) is an exhibition project set up in December 2014, in the spaces of the former Steri Prison, thanks to the sensitive support of Antonio Lagumina, who has created a significant collection of maps of Sicily from the 16th to the 19th century, through long and exciting research conducted over many decades.
Cosimo Bertacchi in the preface to the "First cartography essay of the Sicilian Region" by Antonino Enrile, published in Palermo in 1908, writes: "Sicily occupies a unique place in the history of geography, because of its various figuration or more for its various orientation in ancient and modern maps, it faithfully reflects the progress of geography in various ages.
Through “La Sicilia raccontata dai cartografi” (Sicily told by cartographers) emerge the multiple specificities of the island, observed through the centuries; the exhibition itinerary also leads to a knowledge both geographical and chronological. The presentation of the maps focuses primarily on the most famous and fundamental: the "Sicilia" by Giacomo Gastaldi in 1545, the "Siciliae Regnum" by Mercator in 1589, the "Carte de l'Isle et Royaume de Sicile" by DeIisle in 1717, the "Nova et accurata Siciliae" by Schmettau in 1721. Later, there are thematic maps, such as nautical, paperback, island and religious orders.
Each map offers many points of interest: in the toponymy, in the configuration of the coastline and the road network; other maps have educational purposes such as the map by Benedetto Bordone of 1528, with Sicily "according to Ptolemy" and "according to the modern". The "Nuova ed esatta carta corografica della Sicilia” (New and exact chorographic map of Sicily) by Giovan Battista Ghisi of 1728, is a historical, artistic and productive compendium, almost a photograph of the time. Among the maps of historical interest is the one that belonged to Nino Bixio. The island, with the name of Siciliae Regnum", declined in various languages and for the first time present in the map of the Flemish Mercator of 1589, perpetuates the memory of the Norman kingdom that extended throughout the Mediterranean basin and celebrates a land of hospitality, tolerance and excellence in the arts and culture.
PTOLEMAIC MAPS. 1596, Sicilia Insula, Europae Tabula VII in Magini Antonio-Geographiae Universae tum veteris [...] cm 25x19
POCKET ATLASES. 1585, Abraham Ortelius-Phillippe Galle _ Siciliae descriptio in Theatri Orbis Terrarum Enchiridion [...] - cm 11x8
ISLANDS CARTOGRAPHY.1528 Benedetto Bordone_ Sicilia secondo Tolemeo, Sicilia secondo moderni in Libro di Benedetto Bordone in quale si ragione [...] - cm41,6x35
FRENCH CARTOGRAPHY. XVIIIsec. Tobias Conrad Lotter - Mappa Geographica Totius Insulae et Regni Siciliae - cm 58,5x50
CARTOGRAPHY. 1564, Antoine Du Pinet - Carte et description du royaume de Sicile - in Plantz, pourtaitz et descriptions [...] - cm 16x12,9
NETHERLANDS CARTOGRAPHY. 1680 ca. Insula sive Regnum Siciliae [...]_ in Atlas sive description terrarum orbis [...] - cm 58,5x50.