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Campbell Myth and Articulation of Gender and Space 15 th  century Italy: the studiolo was generally a space for male solitude If the  studiolo  of Duke Federico da Montefeltro in Urbino is compared with that of  Leonello d'Este in Ferrara, then the most obvious contrast in its  decorative program is  extremely telling in this regard: in the former Space the excision of the ornamented  female body accompanies a proclamation of male virtue and  a displacement of the  luxury object.  Piero de' Medici's  studiolo  eschewed the mythological image for a series of terracotta  roundels depicting scenes of agricultural labor,   suggesting a direct relation between the  Medici patriarch's contemplation of nature through reading and his oversight of economic  and domestic activity.  Even if a woman owned a studiolo, she was refined to her home and did not have the  entitlement to move between public and private space thus being in a domestic sphere she was  not accorded contemplative withdrawal. If a woman took this withdrawal she would internalize a masculine discourse on ethics. No 
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