The Cabinet of Eros: Renaissance Mythological Painting and the Studiolo of Isabella D'Este
Yale University Press, 2004 M01 1 - 402 pages
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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Aby Warburg (1866-1929), founder of an institute and library devoted to the afterlife of the classical tradition, produced ... Eight years after his essay on the Palazzo Schifanoia, Warburg wrote of the mythological frescoes by Raphael in the Villa ...
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Dominate the Stars Correggio the Gonzaga
The Rise of Mythological Painting
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François Duquesnoy and the Greek Ideal
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