Studiolo from the Ducal Palace in Gubbio

Designer: Designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian, Siena 1439–1501 Siena)

Maker: Executed under the supervision of Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian, Siena 1439–1501 Siena)

Maker: Executed in the workshop of Giuliano da Maiano (Italian, Maiano 1432–1490 Naples)

Maker: and Benedetto da Maiano (Italian, Maiano 1442–1497 Florence)

Date: ca. 1478–82

Culture: Italian, Gubbio

Medium: Walnut, beech, rosewood, oak and fruitwoods in walnut base

Dimensions: H. 15 ft. 10 15/16 in. (485 cm), W. 16 ft. 11 15/16 in. (518 cm), D. 12 ft. 7 3/16 in. (384 cm)

Classification: Woodwork

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1939

Accession Number: 39.153


This detail is from a study, (or studiolo), intended for meditation and study. Its walls are carried out in a wood-inlay technique known as intarsia. The latticework doors of the cabinets, shown open or partly closed, indicate the contemporary interest in linear perspective. The cabinets display objects reflecting Duke Federico's wide-ranging artistic and scientific interests, and the depictions of books recall his extensive library. Emblems of the Montefeltro are also represented. This room may have been designed by Francesco di Giorgio (1439–1502) and was executed by Giuliano da Majano (1432–1490). A similar room, in situ, was made for the duke's palace at Urbino.