All is not fun and games: Conversation, play, and surveillance at the Montefeltro court in Urbino

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Abstract

Works of art and literature commissioned for the Montefeltro court in Urbino and executed by Joos Van Gent, Pedro Berruguete, Baldassare Castiglione and Martino Filetico, use conversation, play, and wit to commemorate humanist interests and court practice. While these and other works celebrate Federico da Montefeltro's court, the illusionism of the intarsia panels in his studiolo do more than amuse. The objects and the uomini illustri portraits that fill the studiolo tease the visitor to the space and point to systems of surveillance and judgment as familiar to the Renaissance courtier as they were to the prisoner in the panopticon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-440
Number of pages24
JournalRenaissance Studies
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

Keywords

  • Federico da Montefeltro
  • Joos Van Gent
  • studiolo

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