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The Princely Courts

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Core Reading
Recommended Further Reading
Seminar Questions
  • How important were the central and northern Italian princely courts as centres of cultural patronage?
  • What does The Book of the Courtier tell us about the nature of the Italian princely courts in the early sixteenth century?
Indications for Further Reading

Isabella d'Este Collects

If you want to get a sense of court life and of warfare in the Italian states at the start of the 16th century, watch the film Il mestiere delle armi which was filmed on location, including in Mantua. It is available on youtube here. It is in Italian. For a summary of what it is about, please see here.

Raphael, Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione, 1514-15