Review by Nicola Linza
The work of Italian artists and craftsman has always been renowned for being executed to the highest level quality standards of artistic vision, materials, as well as workmanship. The Italian court work of the fifteenth century, especially that of the studiolo as expressed at Villa d'Este for Isabella d'Este marks a period which remains unsurpassed.
Stephen Campbell's scholarly volume "Renaissance Mythological Painting and the Studiolo of Isabella d'Este" published by Yale University Press seeks out the history of such special commissioned spaces. Campbell's work is important as he studies and presents the studiolo and goes far beyond convention to the social history and purposes of such specific and personal luxurious spaces.
This volume will be of particular interest to Italians in Italy and abroad, especially interior decorators, designers, and architects. There will also be particular interest to Italian social historians, non-Italians in the fields, and those whose work encompasses art history of the period.