Saturday, February 2, 2008

Parmigianino's Antea: A Beautiful Artifice

There has been much talk about an exhibition at the Frick Museum in New York City of Parmigianino's famous painting Antea (in the Economist and Vogue, among others). The painting depicts a mystery woman whose beauty and expression rivals da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Her dress indicates that she may have been a courtesan. In fact, the title of the painting, Antea, given almost one hundred years after Parmigianino created it, was also the name of a famous Roman courtesan who may have been involved with the artist. The painting is on loan to the Frick from the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, Italy from January 29 to April 27, 2008.

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