Parmigianino

1503 - 1540

Parmigianino was the leading painter of Parma after Correggio, and is celebrated as one of the originators and leading exponents of Mannerism. He was indebted also to the work of Raphael and Michelangelo, evolving a personal manner, expressive and stylish, that influenced later painters in Italy and, by means of his widely disseminated etchings, throughout Europe.

Parmigianino
Parmigianino 



Parmigianino was active mainly in Parma before moving to Rome in 1524, and after the Sack of Rome by Imperial troops in 1527 to Bologna. His last years were spent mainly in Parma and partly, according to Vasari, in the pursuit of alchemy.

His elegant decorative scheme for the church of the Steccata, Parma, was never completed. It anticipates by some hundred years Bernini's integration of painting and three-dimensional architectural/sculptural elements. In addition to his fame as a painter, he was also celebrated as a prolific draughtsman and etcher.

Related paintings

Portrait of a Collector
Parmigianino
about 1523
Portrait of a Collector
Portrait of a Man with a Book
Parmigianino
about 1524
Portrait of a Man with a Book
The Virgin and Child with Saints
Parmigianino
about 1535-40
The Virgin and Child with Saints
 
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