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The Gubbio Studiolo and its Conservation

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REVIEW: The Gubbio Studiolo and its Conservation By Olga Raggio and Antoine M Wilmering. Yale University Press, 2001.

The Gubbio Studiolo, an extremely intricate Renaissance room of illusionist inlaid woodwork, is now installed in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Originally commissioned for the ducal palace at Gubbio by Federico da Montefeltro, it is close kin to the studiolo which still survives in his palace at Urbino.Yale's generously illustrated two-volume publication - scholarly, specialist, and understandably expensive - is an in-depth study of its history and symbolism, and of the techniques that were required for the conservation of its intarsia panels (15 different woods) and polychrome painted ceiling.

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