Domes and vaults in Parma
Parma, one of the centres of Italian Renaissance, was lucky enough to host Correggio and Parmigianino, two of the finest painters of the sixteenth century. Both left wonderful frescoes in different parts of this Emilian town. On our itinerary, we will visit churches whose walls, vaults, and domes will overwhelm us with their characters and landscapes, all painted in a whirl of colour and poses. We will come to understand how Parma was the centre of Classicism and Mannerism, two antithetical models of interpreting nature and spirituality. With our eyes to the heavens, we will discover the styles of the two painters, similar but different, starting with an amazing room in an old monastery, beautifully frescoed by Correggio and then visiting the Rocca of Fontanellato to admire another masterpiece by the genius, Parmigianino.
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by Francesca Grignaffini
A graduate in architecture, a journalist, and a specialist in art editing, Francesca is passionate about architecture, photography, antiques, and books.