Correggio | High Renaissance Master of
Correggio, the High Renaissance painter
whose real name was Antonio Allegri, was an Italian Renaissance artist
about whom little is known. Renaissance historian
Giorgio Vasari claimed that Correggio never went to Rome,
but maintained that Correggio was influenced by the works of
through their well-known prints and drawings. He was also
influenced by the illusionistic works of Mantegna and by
the soft sfumato
modeling of Leonardo da Vinci.
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Around 1518, Correggio was working in Parma where he was
commissioned for several large works for church. While in Parma
he developed the illusionistic
style for which he is famous based on Mantegna's work. He
explored religious themes as well as mythological ones,
including a series on the Loves of Jupiter for
Federigo Gonzaga in c.
1530. In these sensual works painted at the height of his
career, he displayed his superb mastery of foreshortening
and remarkable atmospheric effects that prefigure later works
by Rococo artists like Boucher.
Brenda Harness, Art Historian