For my first blog post I chose analyze Madonna of the Long Neck a mannerist piece from the Italian Renaissance.
Madonna of the Long Neck was painted in 1534 by Parmigianino an Italian painter and etcher.Parmigianino is a nick name meaning “little man from Parma” his real name is Girolamo Francesco Mazzola. Parmigianino was a Mannerist painter during the time of the late Italian Renaissance. He arrived in Rome just before the “Sack of Rome” the tension had began building during 1523 it reached its breaking point in 1527. Parmigianino left the chaos of Rome after it was sacked in 1527. Arriving in Rome in 1524, he was influenced by the works of Raphael and Michelangelo. The atmosphere in Rome was tense at this time, and that tension is reflected in Parmigianino’s work with its emotional intensity, strange lighting, irrational space, and erotic, lascivious themes.”(finearttouch)
Parmigianino was a mannerist painter. ” mannerism in art reflected the general turmoil in Europe present at the time with the sack of Rome in 1527, the Reformation, and new outbreaks of plague.” His painting Madonna of the Long Neck is a great example of mannerist characteristics of distorted figures in complex, impossible poses, and strange artificial colors (Brenda Harness)
What initially attracted me to this piece is that first it is ascetically pleasing to the eye and the use of colors is beautiful but also it has mixture of tension and awkwardness or not rightness.I appreciate the way Parmigianino created a narrative with the figures by how he related the figures to each other compositionally. I think the most interesting thing to me about this piece is even though it was painted in 1534, it feels like it is a contemporary work of our current time. This piece feels like a contemporary art work because distortions in figures and strange artificial colors and poses seem to be a timeless trend in figurative art work.An example of this timeless trend is the painting Nice ‘n easy painted by contemporary mannerist painter John Currin.
Nice n’ easy