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The Princely Courts

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Seminar Question
  • What factors shaped cultural patronage at the central and northern Italian princely courts?
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Isabella d'Este CollectsLink opens in a new window

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 hereLink opens in a new window. It is in Italian but has English subtitles. For a summary of what it is about, please see hereLink opens in a new window.

Raphael, Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione, 1514-15