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 Italian School , Fragment: Cherub

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Title Fragment: Cherub
Collection Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal
Artist Italian School
After Correggio (Italian painter, ca. 1489-1534)
Date Earliest probably about 1700
Date Latest probably about 1800
Description This is a fragment of a larger work. The cherub hovers above the head of a male figure, only his head and shoulders are now visible. Correggio (Antonio Allegri) (c. 1489-1534) was one of the most widely famed and influential artists of the sixteenth century. He was probably in Parma, the centre of his mature activity, by 1518. Here Correggio developed the soft textures and illusionistic drama of his ceiling decorations, depicting a scene as though it were actually taking place in the sky above, a practice known as sotto in su. The first of his dome decorations was commissioned for the church of S. Giovanni Evangelista, Parma, in 1520. In the commission six years later for an Assumption of the Virgin in the dome of Parma Cathedral he used the same principle, but on a much larger scale and with still more daring foreshortening. These works reveal Correggio as one of the boldest and most inventive artists of the High Renaissance and they were highly influential on the development of Baroque dome painting.
Current Accession Number AH 1966/80
Subject religion (cherub)
Measurements 13 x 33 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Eric Nicholson 1980.
Rights Owner Lakeland Arts Trust
Author Lisa Howard



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