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The Art of Experiment

Parmigianino at The Courtauld

A showcase of the Courtauld Gallery’s outstanding Parmigianino collection.

Accompanying an exhibition at London’s Courtauld Gallery, this stunning catalog presents works by the Renaissance artist Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, better known as Parmigianino (1503–1540).

Fundamentally a draftsman at heart, Parmigianino drew relentlessly during his relatively short life, and around a thousand of his drawings have survived. The Courtauld’s collection comprises twenty-four sheets. In preparation for the catalog, new photography and technical examinations have been carried out on all the works, revealing two new drawings that were previously unknown, hidden underneath their historic mounts. They have also helped to better identify connections between some of the drawings and the finished paintings for which they were conceived. This stunning illustrated catalog presents the whole Courtauld collection and sheds light on an artist who approached every technique with unprecedented freedom and produced innovative works that are still admired by artists and collectors today.

184 pages | 100 color plates | 8 1/2 x 10 1/4

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"This remarkable catalogue of the Courtland Institute's collection of drawings by Parmigianino (1503–1540) delivers far more than the standard museum catalogue. In addition to the extensive and thorough entries for the 33 works included in the 2022 exhibition, there are carefully researched and challenging essays (by Gottardo and Rebecchini, respectively) on the history of the growth of the Courtauld collection and the sources and meanings for the 16th-century concept of grace. [...] Extensive color illustrations and black-and-white photos provide details of the works, enhancing understanding of the works and offering deeper insight into the creative genius of the artist. This book is required reading for anyone interested in Parmigianino’s painting and drawings or in the history of 16th-century theoretical writing about painting."


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