Aimee Ng

Guest Curator Aimee Ng is a Research Associate at The Frick Collection. More »

 

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.

The Poetry of Parmigianino’s “Schiava Turca”

May 13, 2014 to 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 “Raphael reborn” and praise him as one of the greatest painters of his age. During his short life, 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 in the tradition of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.