The Virtual Studiolo

The Virtual Studiolo Team presents this video as a preview of coming attractions. In this project, we aim to reassemble in an immersive, 3D environment the magnificent rooms in the Palazzo Ducale of Mantua where Isabella d’Este displayed her collection of art, books, musical instruments, and antiquities. These rooms, known as the studiolo and the grotta (together sometimes called the camerini, or “little rooms”) were travel destinations for Isabella’s contemporaries, who vied for opportunities to see them.

Our goal is to make these Renaissance treasures accessible to anyone with a connection to the Internet, a smart phone, or a tablet device, and  to offer even richer immersive options that may best be experienced in a museum or CAVE space. The project is conceived for students, educators, tourists, artists, and other curious explorers.

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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 film & additional materials here