Choir Vault at Santa Maria della Steccata, Parma by Parmigianino

Choir Vault at Santa Maria della Steccata, Parma by Parmigianino

Choir Vault at Santa Maria della Steccata, Parma
1535-39
Mannerism
Tempera on fresco
Church of Santa Maria della Steccata, Parma, Italy

Evidence of Parmigianino’s feverish practice by this time of his life, this detail from Steccata showing the wise virgins. A major commission, Parmigianino saw the opportunity to challenge the greatness of Correggio, and a majority of critics agree that the obsession got the better of him. A dove motif takes flight from the exposed bellies of crabs whilst swathes of foliage sweep down and around the golden rosettes. The Wise Virgins’ lamps are unlit, instead they glow with Parmigianino’s trademark inner light casting a pure white light. Meanwhile their counterparts, The Foolish Virgins, fritter away their oil casting a yellow light.

Parmigianino
Mannerism, Renaissance, Italian Renaissance
Born: 11 January 1503, Parma, Italy
Nationality: Italian
Died: 24 August 1540, Casalmaggiore, Italy

Parmigianino was one of the leading painters of Palma, he also worked in Rome and Bologna. Ranking as one of the most compelling artists with a daring and readiness to confront the orthodoxies of the day Parmigianino was a leading figure of the Mannerist style

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