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(Italian, ‘little studio’)

In the Italian Renaissance a small room, often lavishly decorated, dedicated to reading, studying, and writing. Celebrated examples included those of Isabella d'Este in the Castello di San Giorgio, Mantua, which contained masterpieces by Mantegna, and of Francesco I de' Medici in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, decorated 1570–2 by a team of artists under Giorgio Vasari.

Subjects: Art.

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