Parmigianino | Mannerist Artist from
The Italian artist known as Parmigianino was a painter
and etcher who worked in the Mannerist
style. Parmigianino's real name was Girolamo Francesco Mazzola,
and he was born in Parma. Early on Parmigianino demonstrated
sophisticated artistic ability with a special interest in
original and unique spatial effects.
Madonna of the
c. 1535, Uffizi, Florence,
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Parmigianino was influenced by Correggio
whose works he saw in Parma. Arriving in Rome in 1524,
he was influenced by the works of Raphael and Michelangelo.
The atmosphere in Rome was tense at this time, and that tension
is reflected in Parmigianino's work with its emotional
intensity, strange lighting, irrational space, and erotic,
Parmigianino moved to Bologna after Rome was sacked in 1527,
then he gravitated back to Parma. Parmigianino's masterpiece
work is the exquisite Madonna of the Long Neck of 1535
now in the Uffizi in Florence.
Brenda Harness, Art Historian