It is thanks to the Gonzagas, lords from 1328 to 1707, that Mantua became one of the capitals of European culture; they endowed their city with innumerable masterpieces ranging from architecture to painting, sculpture to music, literature to theatre. Unfortunate subsequent events destroyed or dispersed a large part of that heritage, but what remains is enough to delineate an incomparable season. This is documented by their goldsmiths, astonishing in their pomp and refinement. This 200-page book, enriched by about 150 photographs and illustrations, presents almost all the surviving gold and silverware, the pride of the Frrancesco Gonzaga diocesan museum, together with other gold and silverware of ecclesiastical origin and ivories, most of which were donated by generous donors. All these works are of great value, spread over the last millennium and their provenance goes beyond the local sphere, evoking tastes and skills from the whole of Europe.