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Music Rooms in the Ducal Palace in Mantua: From Andrea Mantegna to Giovan Battista Bertani

IAIN FENLON

in The Music Room in Early Modern France and Italy

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780197265055
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197265055.003.0015

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Music Rooms in the Ducal Palace in Mantua: From Andrea Mantegna to Giovan Battista Bertani

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Although the desirability for Italian princes and those who emulated their social practices to construct rooms specifically dedicated to the performance of music was specified by Paolo Cortesi in his treatise De cardinalatu at the beginning of the sixteenth century, the identification of these dedicated spaces and in particular of the repertories performed within them is fraught with difficulty. Beginning with Isabella d'Este's various studioli, this chapter considers what can be reconstructed about the provision of such rooms within the ducal palace in Mantua. In so doing, it draws upon inventories, archival documents and the iconography of a number of decorative schemes, finishing with the work of the architect Giovan Battista Bertani, to suggest what can be determined about the shape and internal disposition of the rooms themselves.

Keywords: court; Mantua; architecture; Isabella d'Este; performance; music; Bertani; cardinals

Chapter.  7348 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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