The Cabinet of Eros: Renaissance Mythological Painting and the Studiolo of Isabella D'Este

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Yale University Press, 2004 - 402 páginas
The Renaissance studiolo was a space devoted in theory to private reading and contemplation, but at the Italian courts of the fifteenth century, it had become a space of luxury, as much devoted to displaying the taste and culture of its occupant as to studious withdrawal. The most famous studiolo of all was that of Isabella d’Este, marchioness of Mantua (1474-1539). A chief component of its decoration was a series of seven paintings by some of the most noteworthy artists of the time, including Andrea Mantegna, Pietro Perugino, Lorenzo Costa, and Correggio.
These paintings encapsulated the principles of an emerging Renaissance artistic genre--the mythological image. Using these paintings as an exemplary case, and drawing on other important examples made by Giorgione in Venice and by Titian and Michelangelo for the Duke of Ferrara, Stephen Campbell explores the function of the mythological image within a Renaissance culture of readers and collectors.

 

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The Studiolo and its Histories
27
Myth and the Articulation of Gender and Space
59
Collecting
87
Poetry
117
Isabella Perugino
169
Paride da Ceresara
191
Dominate the Stars Correggio the Gonzaga
221
The Rise of Mythological Painting
251
Appendices
270
Notes
302
Bibliography
377
Index
394
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Stephen J. Campbell is professor of history of art at Johns Hopkins University and author of Cosm Tura of Ferrara: Style, Politics and the Renaissance City, 1450-1495, published by Yale University Press. Clifford Malcolm Brown, now retired, was professor of history of art at Carleton University, Ottawa.

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