The reticulated grid (such as a chess board) became a “dominant” feature of medieval mnemonics, evoking imaginative adaptations, such as chess, that played upon its recombinatorial geometry. Carruthers notes that the play of chess offered “a ‘Rule for Princes’ presented in a form that embeds its own mnemonic – the form of a grid filled with images, familiar to medieval audiences as a basic format for the page of memory” (Book of Memory, 144). The latticework in the studioli also offer ideal perches for thoughts.

From Architecture and memory: the Renaissance studioli of Federico de Montefeltro by Robert Kirkbride

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  • Fig. 4.30. The reticulated grid (such as a chess board) became a “dominant” feature of medieval mnemonics, evoking imaginative adaptations, such as chess, that played upon its recombinatorial geometry. Carruthers notes that the play of chess offered “a ‘Rule for Princes’ presented in a form that embeds its own mnemonic – the form of a grid filled with images, familiar to medieval audiences as a basic format for the page of memory” (Book of Memory, 144). The latticework in the studioli also offer ideal perches for thoughts.