Madonna and Child with Angels and the Prophet (Madonna with a long neck) - Parmigianino (Francesco Mazzola). 216x132
One of the leading artists of mannerism, Parmigianino (1503-1540), in contrast to the masters of the Renaissance, was looking for harmony in deliberately changed figures and objects, elongated and as if gravitating to infinity. The painting "Madonna with a long neck" was written by a master commissioned by his friend’s sister, Elena Bayardi, for the church of Santa Maria dei Servi in Parma.
The bodies of the depicted are elongated (hence the second name of this work) and are curved in waves. This is especially evident in the figure of an angel standing in front. The feeling of the surreal, magical that this work evokes is enhanced by the cold, mother-of-pearl colors, as well as the figure of St. Jerome that is too small compared to the rest and the architectural background, where the columns turned out to be non-bearing, is incomplete either on purpose or because of the death of the master . And at the same time, a single column acquires special meaning here as a symbol of endurance.
On a vase in the hands of an angel is depicted a Crucifix. The theme of future torment and the death of the Savior on the Cross is also embodied in the pose of the sleeping Baby, reminiscent of the iconography of the painting - the image of the Mother of God mourning the dead Christ, whom She holds on her knees.