Media Alert: The Poetry of Parmigianino’s “Schiava Turca”
May 13 through July 20, 2014
Born in Parma and known as Parmigianino after his native city, Francesco Mazzola (1503–1540) lived only thirty-seven years, yet his eloquent, innovative art inspired his contemporaries to name him a “Raphael reborn” and praise him as one of the greatest painters of his age. During his brief lifetime, Parmigianino was especially esteemed for his portraits. Today his Schiava Turca, an exquisite depiction of a young woman, is an icon in the city of Parma and admired as an expression of ideal female beauty that exemplifies a tradition established by Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.