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Isabella d'Este Virtual Studiolo User Stories
Isabella d'Este Virtual Studiolo is a digital humanities project that aims to create in an immersive, digital environment the splendid Renaissance art gallery of Isabella d'Este. Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) was an Italian noblewoman who reigned as marchesa of the Italian city state of Mantua alongside her husband, Marchese Francesco II Gonzaga. She was a contemporary of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Christopher Columbus, among others. Famed for her art collecting, her music making and support of musicians and composers, her relations with artists and authors, her cosmetics pharmacy, and her fashion innovations, she was also the first woman to design and fill her own art gallery, in two small rooms which she called the studiolo (study) and the grotta (cave), adjoining a secret garden. These rooms and the garden still exist inside the Gonzaga palace that stands at the heart of present-day Mantua, but the collections they housed are now dispersed in museums around the world. Using photogrammetry, 3D modeling, and digital acoustic technologies, the Virtual Studiolo aims to reassemble Isabella's art, books, and music in a virtual space that will invite learning, research, and curious exploration.
Please help us build the Virtual Studiolo in ways that will engage you and bring you back for repeated visits to this virtual site. Answering the questions below will allow us to include features and experiences you will appreciate and use. You may fill this survey out more than once, but please choose just one identity and one "wish" for your experience each time you participate. For more on the Virtual Studiolo, visit
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