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Echoing Helicon – Music, Art and Identity in the Este Studioli, 1440-1530 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Echoing Helicon: Music, Art and Identity in the Este Studioli, 1440-1530

Tim Shephard


The private studioli—study rooms—of Italian rulers are among the most revealing interior spaces of the Renaissance. In them, ideals of sober recreation met with leisured reality in the construction of a private princely identity, performed before the eyes of a select public who enjoyed privileged access to these rooms and their owners. The decorative schemes installed in such rooms were carefully designed to prompt, facilitate, and validate the performances through which that identity was constituted. Characteristically comprising painted and intarsia elements, studiolo decorations often gave ... More

Keywords: studiolo, Renaissance Italy, the prince, identity, Leonello d’Este, Isabella d’Este, Alfonso d’Este

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199936137
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Shephard, author
University of Sheffield

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