Correggio was born Antonio Allegri, but he is known as Correggio from the name of the small town in northern Italy where he was born in 1494. Most of his work was done in the nearby town of Parma where about 1524 he was commissioned to decorate a wall of the Church of the Annunciation. The fresco he painted is now a ruin. The use of light was Correggio's chief contribution to art, admired in his time and of lasting influence. He has remained astonishingly popular through the centuries.
In the forty years he lived, Correggio painted only forty well authenticated works. He was incredibly accomplished for a man who lived far from Florence and Rome. His stature as the second-greatest Italian p
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