Mazzola (or Mazzuola), Girolamo Francesco Malia

Mazzola (or Mazzuola), Girolamo Francesco Malia an eminent Italian painter, surnamed Il Parmigiano, the Parmesan, was born at Parma in 1503. He visited Rome in 1523, and was employed by Clement VII to execute a number of works in that city. His style, formed on that of Correggio and Kaphael, is characterized by exceeding grace and delicacy of form and softness of coloring. It was said by Mazzola's admirers that "the spirit of Raphael had passed into him." Mazzola was the first Italian artist who engraved with aqua fortis. He died in 1540. Among his masterpieces are the Madonna a della Rosa, in the gallery of Dresden; an Annunciation, in the principal church of Viadana; the Madonna with St. Margaret, St. Jerome, etc., in the Museum at Bologna; the Madonna dello Lunyo Collo, at Florence; and the Vision of St. Jerome, in the National Gallery, London. See Vasari, Lives of the Painters; Affo, Vita di F. Mazzola (1784); Mrs. Jameson, Memoirs of Early Italian Painters; Bellini, Cenni intorno alla Vita ed alle Opere di I. Mazzola (1844); Mortara, Memoria della Vita di F. Mazzuola (1846).Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, vol. 34, s.v.

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