ROMANO, Gian Cristoforo
(b. ca. 1465, Roma, d. 1512, Loreto)

Door of the studiolo

c. 1501
Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

The studiolo of Isabella d'Este in the Palazzo Ducale includes a splendid door inlaid with coloured marbles. The four tondi with figures carved in relief - their identification is still a matter of debate - include a female figure with military attributes, probably Minerva, a semi-nude figure with two books on her head and a skull beneath her foot, identified as an allegory of Fortune or perhaps the Muse Clio, while the other two figures, each equipped with a number of attributes, must be the Muses Euterpe and Erato.

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