"The Holy Family"
January 11, 1503. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola (also known as Francesco Mazzola or, more commonly, as Parmigianino ("the little one from Parma") or Parmigiano; 11 January 1503 - 24 August 1540) was an Italian Mannerist painter and printmaker active in Florence, Rome, Bologna, and his native city of Parma.
Last year, the Legion had (on loan from the Frick) a very pretty piece of painting. Called "Schiava Turca," although the lady in question was neither a slave or Turkish, it gave us a chance to see one of Parmigianino's paintings first hand.
"I think she's really beguiling," says Melissa Buron, the Legion of Honor's associate curator of European art. "The sense of personality you get from this portrait - she's a living, breathing flesh-and-blood person, with a lot of twinkle in her eye. You can speculate for yourself: Would you want to have tea with her? Or is she an idealized conception?"