Antonio da Correggio

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Antonio Da Correggio: 16th century's most famous artist for sensuous works

The Italian Renaissance painter of the Parma school, Antonio Allegri da Correggio was born around 1489 in Correggio. He is considered one of the significant figures in the artist community of the Parma school of the High Italian Renaissance. His recognition started to surface due to his unique addition of vigorous and sensuousness in his artworks that was very dynamic from the 16th-century art perspective. He was regarded as the master of chiaroscuro, a canonical painting mode of the renaissance. 

Early Life

Correggio's early life is uncertain. However, many assume that he first learned the art from his father's brother, Lorenzo Allegri, also a painter. Since 1503, Antonio Correggio had gone on trips in many areas to establish more artistic sense and gain more art influence. Then he had returned to Parma, where he spent most of this career by 1516. His first major career breakthrough happened where he had to decorate the ceiling of a private chamber of the mother-superior, who was the convent of St. Paul in Parma with many iconographic schemes. His illusionistic painting of Vision of St. John on Patmos and Assumption of the Virgin with startling details and dynamism made him famous in his artistic career. 

Popular Artworks

Jupiter and Lo – Ovid's Metamorphoses inspire the scene of Jupiter and Lo. Correggio has painted at least four canvasses for this series. 

Nativity-  This painting is also known as The Holy Night, now preserved in the GemäldegalerieAlte Meister, Dresden.

Assumption of the Virgin Detail 1530- Melozzo da Forli's perspective influences this painting composition. It is drawn in the form of dome base decoration that represents the four protector saints of Parma. 

Leda and the Swan- This painting of Correggio shows a total of three scenes about the art of Leda's seduction by Jupiter in the form of a swan. 

Noli me Tangere-Noli MeTangere portrays the story of the interaction between Jesus and Mary Magdalene soon after the resurrection. 

Camera di San paolo – Correggio painted this in the vault and over the fireplace. It is the name of a room that was present in the former monastery of San Paolo. 


While returning to his hometown in later years, Correggio suddenly passed away on 5 March 1534. He was buried in San Francesco in Correggio the following day near his youthful masterpiece, the 'Madonna di San Francesco.'