Core Reading (see also the bibliography for the courts as centres of cultural patronage )
Chambers, David, (ed. and trans), Patrons and Artists in the Italian Renaissance (London, 1970)
Bourne, Molly, 'Art and Culture in Renaissance Mantua: Introduction', Renaissance Studies 16/3 (2002), 303-305.
Cole, Alison, 'Introduction: The Fifteenth-Century Renaissance Court' and 'The Art of Diplomacy: Mantua and the Gonzaga'in Alison Cole, Italian Renaissance Courts: Art, Pleasure and Power (London, 2016), pp. 11-28, 165-99.
Lazzarini, Isabella, 'Sub Signo Principis. Political institutions and urban configurations in early Renaissance Mantua', Renaissance Studies 16/3 (2002), 318–29.
Maurer, Maria F., 'A love that burns: Eroticism, torment and identity at the Palazzo Te', Renaissance Studies 30/3 (2016), 370–88
- Palazzo Ducale
- Andrea Mantegna, frescoes in the Camera degli Sposi, Ducal Palace, Mantua (1471-74)
- Palazzo Te and here
- Giulio Romano and assistants, frescoes in the Sala di Psiche (1526-28), in various rooms (1526-28), and in the Sala dei Giganti (1532-34) of Palazzo Te.
- S. Andrea
- Isabella d'Este Collects