Bertoja and Mirola: from Parma to the Courts of Europe
6 April 2019 – 28 July 2019
With the exceptional participation of the Musée du Louvre
This exhibition presenting the work of sixteenth-century artists Jacopo Zanguidi, alias Bertoja (1544-1573), and Girolamo Mirola (1530/35-1570), both from Reggio Emilia, represents an important art historical discovery. Together with their eminent predecessors Correggio and Parmigianino, these two masters contributed to make sixteenth-century Parma one of the most refined and important periods in art history. Almost all known works by these two artists are brought together here: celebrated works from the collection of the National Gallery of Parma are exhibited alongside drawings, paintings and studies for major frescoes from the world’s most prestigious collections including the Louvre, the British Museum, the Department of Drawings of the Uffizi Gallery, and the Albertina in Vienna.
The exhibition re-examines the extraordinary period of painting that followed the Renaissance, one that revolutionized iconography and painting conventions in Emilia Romagna and Lazio, as well as throughout Italy and the courts of Europe.