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Restoration Project Reveals Map Room's Vivid Palette

For decades, it has been known simply as Room 117. Under a gilt ceiling that has been likened to an inside-out Fabergé egg, an avid circle of initiates has marveled at a glorious 1598 depiction of sea monsters in the waters of the Indies. They have cherished 17th-century visions of the world drawn by the Rembrandts of early cartography. And they have savored a renowned 1668 map that depicts modern-day California as an island, an image now sardonically viewed, by some, as a sign.

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