Saturday, March 15, 2008

Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, known as Parmigianino (1503 – 1540),
Antea, c. 1531–34, oil on canvas, Museo di Capodimonte, Naples

At the Frick

An unsure amalgam of observation and idealization. The accompanying text says that the viewer in receiving her gaze stands in for her lover, but that's mistaken. Her gaze and posture are defensive: her lover is someone else.

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