Correggio (Dictionary of World Biography: Renaissance)
Article abstract: Correggio executed frescoes and paintings of religious and mythological subjects that demonstrate his skills as one of the greatest masters of the High Renaissance. Correggio’s innovations in composition, expressiveness, and particularly in the illusionistic foreshortening of figures seen from below (di sotto in su) were to have a tremendous influence on later Baroque painters.
Antonio Allegri was born in the town from which his name is taken, Correggio, Italy. The date of his birth to Pellegrino Allegri and Bernardina Ormani has been debated. The year was once thought to have been 1494 because artist-biographer Giorgio Vasari stated that Correggio died at the age of forty; however, most scholars now place his birth nearer to the year 1489. Correggio’s uncle, Lorenzo Allegri, was a painter, under whom he may have studied. The apprenticeship is unclear, however, as are many details of his life because of the absence of documents. While the story that he was Bianchi Ferrari’s pupil in Modena is plausible, Mantua is a more important place for Correggio’s formative career. Some work there has recently been attributed to him, and the strong influence of both Andrea Mantegna and Lorenzo Costa on Correggio’s work between 1510 and 1518 argues strongly for his presence in nearby Mantua around that time. Influences from Dosso Dossi in nearby Ferrara are also likely.
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