Visconti > Amerigo Vespucci
Visconti commemorates the 500th anniversary of Amerigo Vespucci's death, the Florentine navigator who first recognized that the fourth continent was not part of Asia (as Columbus thought) but rather part of a "New World". In 1497, Amerigo addressed a letter to Lorenzo de' Medici with details of his discoveries. The letter caused such a stir that when Martin Waldeseemuller drew the first map of America 10 years later, he called the continent after the feminized Latin version of Amerigo's name: Americus Vespucius.
Visconti took inspiration from symbolic events, primarily Vespucci's travels and Waldeseemuller's famous map of 1507.