Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola
Also known as Parmigianino (1503 –1540) 
Etching, date unknown, 5 ¾” x 7 9/16”
Gift of George Way

Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, known more commonly as Parmigianino 1503–1540is an Italian Mannerist painter and printmaker active in FlorenceRomeBologna, and his native city of Parma.  The work of "the little one from Parma," is characterized by sensuous, elegant elongation of forms such as in Vision of Saint Jerome (1527) and the iconic Madonna with the Long Neck (1534).  Parmigianino produced drawings and paintings and is one of the first Italian artists to experiment with printmaking.  While well known for his paintings and portraits, he also created frescos, two of which are extant.  One the best known artists of the Mannerist period, his works are in major museums around the world.