Parmigianino, born Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola was a prominent Italian Mannerist painter and printmaker active in Florence, Rome, Bologna, and his native city of Parma. He was lauded as “Rafael reborn” by his peers. He became a devotee of alchemy. Vasari hypothesizes that this was due to his fascination with magic. Scholars now agree that Parmigianino’s scientific interests may have been due to his obsession with trying to find a new medium for his etchings.
The VRC has cataloged 8 images from Parmigianino. These are available to the SCAD community in the Digital Image Database.
Parmigianino. (16th Century). Portrait of a Man with a Book. Oil on canvas, 70 x 51.8 cm. City Art Gallery, York, England.