Antonio Correggio

Antonio Correggio
Years of life: 1494 – 1534
Artist's Teachers: Lorenzo Allegri (?)
Artist's students: Pomponio Allegri
Art Movement: High Renaissance, Mannerism (Late Renaissance)
Painting School: Parma School
Genre: Portrait , Religious , Mythology
Country: Italy
Century: XVI

At one time a revered and popular (especially in the seventeenth and seventeenth centuries) artist. Nowadays he is not very well known: he seems out of fashion. His most significant works are in Parma.

His works are marked by genuine charm, some excitement, occasional sentimentality. Mythological and biblical subjects he interprets in a lyrical and sensitive style; with a brilliant technique, everything is filled with softness: light, color, perspective. His paintings have a complex but easy-to-read composition, and his characters, with their young smiling faces, are executed flawlessly in terms of anatomy. Correggio invented the idea of light radiating from the Christ child.

His in-situ decorations in Parma are forerunners of the over-the-top illusionistic decorations in Baroque Rome 100 years later (the link from one to the other was Lanfranco). Look how he turns the ceiling into an illusionistic sky and then makes exciting things happen in it (Mantegna did this first and Correggio followed him). Loved wistful dreamy faces and perfect profiles. Created many beautiful drawings.

Antonio Correggio’s major works are The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine, c. 1510–15 (Paris: Musée du Louvre); Judith, 1512–14 (Strasbourg: Musée des Beaux-Arts); Venus, Satyr, and Cupid, 1524–25 (Paris: Musée du Louvre); Venus with Mercury and Cupid, c. 1525 (London: National Gallery).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • Madonna with child and two angel musicians

    1511-1512

    Madonna with child and two angel musicians   •  1511-1512

  • Leda and the Swan

    1532

    Leda and the Swan   •  1532

  • Portrait of a Man with a Book

    1525

    Portrait of a Man with a Book   •  1525

  • Pietà

    1512

    Pietà  •  1512

  • Madonna with St. Francis

    1514

    Madonna with St. Francis   •  1514

  • Plume of the dome of San Giovanni with Saints Luke the Evangelist and Ambrose

    1520

    Plume of the dome of San Giovanni with Saints Luke the Evangelist and Ambrose  •  1520

  • Nativity of Christ, with St. Elizabeth and John the Baptist and sleeping Joseph

    1515

    Nativity of Christ, with St. Elizabeth and John the Baptist and sleeping Joseph  •  1515

  • Saints Peter, Martha, Mary Magdalen, and Leonard

    1514

    Saints Peter, Martha, Mary Magdalen, and Leonard   •  1514

  • Madonna adoring the Child

    from 1524 until 1526

    Madonna adoring the Child   •  from 1524 until 1526

  • Judith and Her Maidservant

    1510

    Judith and Her Maidservant   •  1510

  • Venus and Cupid

    Venus and Cupid

  • Portrait of a Woman

    1520

    Portrait of a Woman   •  1520

  • The Holy Night

    1522 - 1530

    The Holy Night   •  1522 - 1530

  • Noli me tangere

    1525

    Noli me tangere   •  1525

  • The Madonna and Child, known as "Zingarella"

    1517

    The Madonna and Child, known as "Zingarella"  •  1517

  • Madonna of the St. George

    between 1530 and 1532

    Madonna of the St. George  •  between 1530 and 1532

  • Maria with a basket

    1525-1526

    Maria with a basket  •  1525-1526

  • Madonna with John the Baptist

    1516

    Madonna with John the Baptist  •  1516

  • Christ taking leave of his Mother

    1517–1518

    Christ taking leave of his Mother   •  1517–1518

  • Saint Catherine of Alexandria

    between 1508 and 1510

    Saint Catherine of Alexandria  •  between 1508 and 1510

  • Jupiter and Io

    1530

    Jupiter and Io  •  1530

  • Ganymede

    1531

    Ganymede  •  1531

  • Adoration of the Magi

    between 1516 and 1518

    Adoration of the Magi  •  between 1516 and 1518

  • Danae

    1530

    Danae  •  1530

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