Parma and Fontanellato
Parmigianino, born in Parma in 1503, was an important mannerist painter. His works in the territory can be seen either in Parma and at the Castle of Fontanellato.
His artistic development started in Parma as an apprentice of Correggio in the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, behind the Cathedral, where he painted the two angels in the high corners of the hackle with San Luca and Sant’Ambrogio and Cain killing Abele in the underlying base of the arch.
From the Church of San Giovanni walk to Piazza Duomo and go straight until you reach Strada Garibaldi. From here, go left and walk until you find the Steccata Church, where the artist painted the vault, completed in a few months. From here, go back along Strada Garibaldi until the park in front of Piazzale della Pace and get inside the Pilotta palace, where is the National gallery that features the famous painting by Pamigianino The Turkish slave.
If time is available, we suggest to complete the itinerary and visit the magnificent Castle of Fontanellato, that is about 20 km West of Parma. In the castle, a young Parmigianino frescoed a room with the myth of Diana and Atteone in 1524, the representative room of Paola Gonzaga of Sabbioneta, wife of the feudatory.