Parmigianino: Mannerism and Artistic Ingenuity in the Late Renaissance Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Parmigianino: Mannerism and Artistic Ingenuity in the Late Renaissance Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This seminar will provide a close reading of the paintings of Francesco Mazzola, otherwise known as Parmigianino (1503-1540), focusing on his elegant portraits as well as curious narrative works.

This conversation focuses on the oeuvre of the short-lived but prolific Italian mannerist painter and printmaker Parmigianino who lived from 1503-1540. Best known for his enigmatic Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, housed in the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna, Austria, Parmigianino left a legacy of not only significant religious works, such as The Madonna of the Long Neck and various altarpieces but also his majestic secular paintings, including especially the jewel-like, private chamber in the Rocca San Vitale at Fontanellato, just outside of his native Parma, that he decorated in fresco with the Myth of Diana and Actaeon. Dr. Hirsh will draw on her personal academic study of these works in this seminar.

Led by an expert on Renaissance as well as modern and contemporary art, Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will leave participants with a deeper understanding of the life and work of Parmigianino. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased sense of not only the ways in which Parmigianino changed the history of art but also a familiarity with well-known as well as far less familiar works, along with an appreciation for the relevance of mythology to artists working in the Renaissance.

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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