Self-portrait in a convex mirror

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The Parma-based artist is considered one of the most radical Italian painters of the first half of the 16th century. Why? Simply put, Parmigianino’s work provides a transition from the Renaissance to Mannerism. “More like an angel than a man” is how Giorgio Vasari (Italian art historian and painter) described Parmigianino in the artist’s life in 1568, so in today’s painting, the 21-year-old young The painter presents himself to the audience. The artist’s hand (actually his left, although it appears to be his right) is distorted but impressively enlarged in the foreground, while he excludes the depiction of the head from the optical effects of the convex mirror. The bald studio in the background, reflected in the barber mirror, is somewhat outdated, and the artist works here. Another ingenious thing can be seen on the far right edge of the painting: a gilded frame, itself part of the artwork currently being created on Parmigianino’s easel.

Thanks to the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna for presenting today’s work.

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24,4 x 24,4 cm


Kunsthistorisches Museum

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