In March 2015 the British Academy took delivery of a new addition to its collection of artworks adorning the walls of 10-11 Carlton House Terrace. The artist Patrick Hughes produced for the British Academy a version of his recent work 'A Study of the Studiolo'.
In the late 1400s, Federico da Montefeltro commissioned two small rooms for his residences at Urbino and Gubbio. The walls of each room (studiolo) were decorated with wood inlay (intarsia) to create an intricate display of learning and prowess. The Urbino Studiolo in Italy still exists in-situ but the Gubbio Studiolo was re-installed in its own room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 1996. Having visited both of the studioli several times, the artist Patrick Hughes has reimagined them in a work especially created for the British Academy. This exciting new piece brings to life the studioli with an optical illusion that stuns and delights visitors to the British Academy. In conversation with the art historian Dawn Adès FBA, Patrick Hughes discusses the inspiration for his picture and his innovative use of three-dimensional reverse perspective.