Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

A Beautiful and Gracious Manner: The Art of Parmigianino At the National Gallery of Canada from 3 October 2003 to 4 January 2004

Ottawa, Canada - October 1, 2003


Une manière élégante. L’art de Parmigianino

On the occasion of the fifth centenary of the birth of Parmigianino (Gerolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Parma 1503), the National Gallery of Canada is proud to present an exceptional exhibition celebrating this Master of the Italian Renaissance, on view in Ottawa from 3 October 2003 to 4 January 2004.

A Beautiful and Gracious Manner:  The Art of Parmigianino assembles some 60 of the artist’s most important drawings, as well as his pioneering prints and intimate paintings, on loan from around the world. The superb exhibition, organized and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada, and featuring four works from the museum’s own collection, gives viewers a unique opportunity to study the creative genius behind one of the founders of European Mannerism. This remarkable exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Parmalat, a global dairy company that also claims Parma as its birthplace.

Influenced by the works the great Correggio, and credited with being the spiritual embodiment of another Renaissance Master, Raphael, Parmigianino would eventually emerge to develop his own personal Mannerist style. Indeed, his masterful, sensuous and elegant figure drawings would inspire contemporaries and influence the next generation of Italian and European artists.

“This exhibition is really a feast for the senses,” says Dr. David Franklin, curator for A Beautiful and Gracious Manner: The Art of Parmigianino and Deputy Director and Chief Curator for the National Gallery of Canada.

“The beauty, originality and incredible range of one of Parma’s most famous sons are showcased through this major selection of his work,” Dr. Franklin says, “as are the culture and art of Europe in Parmigianino’s time.

“Parmalat is honoured to be a presenting sponsor of this exhibition of works by Parmigianino at the National Gallery of Canada,” says Michael T. Rosicki, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Parmalat North America. “While our particular passion is offering the world nourishing food, we are confident that Parmigianino’s art will similarly nourish the hearts and minds of all who see it.

Ottawa is the only Canadian venue for this rare viewing of works.  After its showing at the National Gallery of Canada, A Beautiful and Gracious Manner:  The Art of Parmigianino will travel to The Frick Collection, New York, from 27 January to 18 April 2004.

The National Gallery wishes to thank the Parnassus Foundation (Jane and Raphael Bernstein) and the Embassy of Italy for their invaluable support, as well as media sponsors Le Droit, the Ottawa Citizen, CBC TV and La Télévision de Radio-Canada, and the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program.

A fully illustrated colour catalogue, produced in separate English and French versions, accompanies the exhibition. The catalogue, published by the National Gallery of Canada in association with Yale University Press, features entries on each work, as well as two general essays. It is available for sale in the NGC bookstore.


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