Parmigianino, Turkish Slave (1533)
Parmigianino, Turkish Slave (1533)

Correggio and Parmigianino

Scuderie del Quirinale

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March 12, 2016


June 26, 2016

The exhibition Correggio and Parmigianino at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome gives an insight into the arts in the Italian city of Parma during the 16th century. Protagonists are two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance: Antonio Allegri, known as Correggio, and Francesco Mazzola, known as Parmigianino.

Mazzola (1503-1540) was born in Parma and named Parmigianino after his native city. Already during his short life was he recognised as an outstanding artist, especially for his portraits, which have a refined sensuality. His masterpiece Schiava Turca (Turkish Slave) has become an icon in the city of Parma, depicting a young woman and expressing the ideal female beauty.

Correggio (1489-1534) is considered a master of chiaroscuro, the use of strong contrasts between light and dark. He came to Parma later in his life, when he was already at the height of his career. His religious works and mythological paintings influenced later artists from the Carracci brothers to Watteau and even to Picasso.

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