The Life of Antonio Allergri da Correggio
Antonio Allegri da Correggio ( Correggio, Italy August 1489 – March 5, 1534) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance.
Little is known about Correggio's life or training. There are echoes of Mantegna's style in his work, and he was influenced also by Lorenzo Costa and Leonardo da Vinci.
His first documented work is the St. Francis altarpiece (1514) now found in the Dresden Gemäldegalerie. He worked mostly in provincial centers, and Vasari claims that he never went to Rome. He was probably in Parma, the place where he was mostly active, by 1518. His first major commission was at the convent of San Paolo there. He then painted the domes of the church of San Giovanni Evangelista and the cathedral of Parma.
In addition to his religious art, he produced sensuous mythological paintings, including "Ganymede" and "Jupiter and Io" now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, "Leda" now in the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, and "Danae" now in the Borghese Gallery in Rome. These foreshadow the paintings of such artists as Boucher.
He is commonly considered as a pioneer in the use of light.
His works are described in Giorgio Vasari's "Vite".