(b. 1503, Parma, d. 1540, Casal Maggiore)

Virgin and Child

Oil on panel
Courtauld Gallery, London

This painting is unfinished. Parmigianino was consciously varying levels of finish in his paintings. It is indicated by the existence of works, even from late in his career, that have a smooth, almost enamelled surface; at the same time he also executed paintings with very visible brushwork and with such economy of technique that areas of the prepared painting surface remained uncovered.