An instrument for scholars, students, and visitors, but also an exercise in imagination, exploration, and critical engagement. All this and much more is IDEA: Isabella d’Este Archive, a project which focuses on one of the most influential figures of the Italian Renaissance, Isabella d’Este (1474-1539).
IDEA offers users around the world new ways to explore the history and culture of early modern Europe through a digitalized version of Isabella’s letters, music, and art collections, as they evolved during her reign as the marchesa of Mantua. These resources map a world where politics, art, music, family life, business, and social relations intertwined, prior to the modern separation of many of these concerns into separate spheres.
The IDEA Site is currently under construction but some contents are already available. Researches and contributors can join project teams as well as discuss in Forums.
Deanna Shemek, PhD
University of California, Santa Cruz
Anne MacNeil, PhD
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