The High Renaissance





(b Parma, 11 Jan 1503; d Casalmaggiore, 24 Aug 1540).

Italian painter, draughtsman and printmaker. Beginning a career that was to last only two decades, he moved from precocious success in the shadow of Correggio in Parma to be hailed in the Rome of Clement VII as Raphael reborn. There he executed few large-scale works but was introduced to printmaking. After the Sack of Rome in 1527, he returned to northern Italy, where in his final decade he created some of his most markedly Mannerist works. Equally gifted as a painter of small panels and large-scale frescoes both sacred and profane, he was also one of the most penetrating portrait painters of his age. Throughout his career he was a compulsive draughtsman, not only of preparatory studies for paintings and prints, but also of scenes from everyday life and of erotica.


Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror

c. 1524
Oil on wood, diameter 24,4 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna





Oil on wood, 135 x 65,3 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


Rest on the Flight to Egypt

Oil on panel, 110 x 89 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid


Madonna and Child with Saints

c. 1530
Oil on wood, 75,5 x 60 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


Pallas Athene

c. 1539
Oil on canvas, 63,8 x 45,1 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor


Portrait of a Man
Oil on panel
National Gallery, Londo


Portrait of a Young Woman known as Antea
Oil on canvas
Museo di Capodimonte, Naple


The Conversion of St Paul

Oil on canvas, 177,5 x 128,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

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