Sunday, January 11, 2015

Parmigianino - born today in 1503

 "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.

His work is characterized by elongation of form and includes Vision of Saint Jerome (1527) and the Madonna with the Long Neck (1534). In the image. "The "Holy Family" 16th painting depicting Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus attributed to the Parmigianino, one of ten masterpieces recovered by the art squad of the Carabinieri paramilitary police, is shown during a press conference in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. The paintings were stolen in 2004 from an ancient religious complex in Rome official said, and were located last December. The works were wrapped in newspapers and hidden in the trailer of a suspected art smuggler.

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?"

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