Parmigianino's exquisite Schiava Turca (Turkish slave) is shrouded in mystery. Who is this woman whose elaborate, almost theatrical, costume inspired an early eighteenth-century writer to give the Renaissance beauty her fantastical name? In this lecture, the guest curator of the special exhibition The Poetry of Parmigianino's "Schiava Turca" will present a new interpretation of the work. Ng's new research suggests that the sitter likely held a special status as a poet in the court culture of Northern Italy. ―This lecture is made possible by the Robert H.
Aimee Ng, Guest Curator, introduces the exhibition The Poetry of Parmigianino's "Schiava Turca," on view at the Frick from May 12, 2014 through July 20, 2014. This video will be on view in the Music Room during the run of the exhibition.