Correggio Assumption

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Correggio’s Mannerist Assumption of the Virgin and Fra Andrea Pozzo’s Italian Baroque The Glorification of St. Ignatius, both illustrate exemplary visions of illusionistic images and mean to celebrate Christianity with both Correggio’s visualization of Catholicism’s key doctrines and Pozzo’s illustration glorifying the Jesuit order. Both church domes frescoes include heavenly, illusory images of looking into the heavens, making viewers feel as if they were being pulled up into the heavens and inspired awe, while bolstering the faith of the churchgoers. Corregio, Antonio Allegri, was born in Correggio a small farming community in the Po valley. He may have received some basic training in the art from his uncle, the painter Lorenzo Allegri, or from the artist Francesco de Bianchi Ferrari, however his first real inspiration came from Andrea Mantegna, who may have also trained him (Ekserdjian). His work is also inspired by …show more content…

Correggio used red chalk cartoons/designos to plan his work and there have also been suggestions that he may have used wax or clay models along with a small-scale model of the dome in order to study the di sotto in su “from below to above” perspective (Ekserdjian). The base of the dome, the squinches are decorated with the four saints of Parma: St. John the Baptist, St. Hilary, St. Bernard & St. Thomas; just above that the apostles gaze in wonder & bewilderment, while throngs of angels swirl around the Virgin Mary to accompany her to reunite with son Christ. Eve is there alongside the Virgin with apple in outstretched hand, as well as Adam who stands over with the men, holding his hand over his chest; both actions seem to suggest their acknowledgement for their parts in the original sin for which the Virgin’s son sacrificed

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  • Analyzes how correggio's mannerist assumption of the virgin and fra andrea pozzo’s italian baroque the glorification of st. ignatius illustrate exemplary visions of illusionistic images.
  • Explains that antonio allegri was born in correggio, a small farming community in the po valley. his first real inspiration came from andrea mantegna, who may have trained him.
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