Antonio Da Correggio: A Renaissance Artist

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The Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the period roughly from the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Italy in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe. Renaissance art was perceived as a "rebirth of ancient traditions", transforming the tradition by the absorption of recent developments in the art of Northern Europe by application of contemporary scientific knowledge. Many famous artists would emerge around this time, including Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Raphael de Sanzio. The Renaissance provided and environment for many artists to thrive and succeed. In addition to some artists gaining popularity, others who weren't as well-known still had flourishing careers; one of which was Antonio Da Correggio. Born in a small town near Reggio Emilia, Antonio's passion for art expanded naturally, and bloomed in its native soil. By 1516, Corregio was in Parma, where he generally remained for the rest of his career. In his use of dynamic composition, illusionistic perspective and dramatic foreshortening, Corregio prefigured the Rococo art of the 18th Century. Although he isn't as well-known and appreciated for his contribution to the Renaissance, "Correggio is an enigmatic and eclectic artist, and it is not always possible to identify a stylistic link between his paintings. He appears to have emerged out of no major apprenticeship, and to have had little immediate influence in terms of apprenticed successors, but his works are now considered to have been revolutionary and influential on subsequent artists" (1).
One of Correggio's famous paintings was the Disposition From The Cross. The subject matter discussed in this painting in Jesus Christ taken down from the cross that he was ...

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...nciples of design used within the artwork help convey the message of confusion and turmoil. They also help make the piece more appealing to the eye, able to gaze at it for long periods of time. Since most Renaissance painters often depicted sciences from the Bible, there are plenty of illustrations depicting the same event. Despite this, I feel that Correggio did an outstanding job of capturing the event in such an articulate and accurate manner. As a result of the success from this painting and its skill, "His use of bold foreshortening, his brilliant, highly original approach to color and light, and the exquisite grace of his figure establish him as one of the most inventive artists of the High Renaissance" (2).

1. "Antonio Da Correggio." N.p., n.d. Web.
2. "Correggio (Antonio Allegri) Biography." Correggio Biography. N.p., n.d. Web.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the period roughly from the 14th to the 17th century.
  • Analyzes how correggio's famous painting, the disposition from the cross, depicts jesus as a lifeless character, emphasizing the fact that he is life-less after suffering an agony of grief.
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