The Illustrated Credenza

The Illustrated Credenza encompasses a film and research project that seeks to understand the creation, display, and function of Isabella d’Este’s narrative-painted maiolica.

Principal investigator Valerie Taylor (Pasadena City College) and Co-PI Lisa Boutin Vitela (Cerritos College) have presented the 25-minute film The Illustrated Credenza with an accompanying lecture in numerous academic venues.

Additional materials include a 7-minute film of the Inaugural Exhibition of artist Ester Mantovani’s interpretation of Isabella d’Este maiolica service. The exhibition, entitled A narrative-painted “credenza” for Isabella d’Este: The service by Nicola d’Urbino interpreted by Ester Mantovani, was on display in Mantua, Italy from November 2014 through January 2015.


See the review by Paola Cortese in the 28 November 2014 edition of the Gazzetta di Mantova. The State Archives in Milan hosted a month-long exhibit of the project in November 2015. See the review by Paolo Marelli in the 5 November 2015 online edition of the Corriere della Sera.

Exhibition Catalogue for A narrative-painted “credenza” for Isabella d’Este: The service by Nicola d’Urbino interpreted by Ester Mantovani edited by Daniela Ferrari and Mariarosa Palvarini Gobio Casali

ILLUSTRATED CREDENZA PROJECT Presentation Information

In this film by Valerie Taylor in collaboration with Mario Piavoli, artist Ester Mantovani replicates Isabella d’Este’s maiolica service by Nicola d’Urbino to investigate the art and design of Italian Renaissance ceramics at the Gonzaga court of Mantua.

This film by Valerie Taylor and Mario Piavoli provides a tour through the exhibition A narrative-painted “credenza” for Isabella d’Este: The service by Nicola d’Urbino interpreted by Ester Mantovani on display in Mantua, Italy from November 2014 through January 2015.