Correggio, Antonio Allegri
Painter, born Correggio, near Modena, Italy, c.1494; died there, 1534.
Little is known of his life, though he is one of the greatest Italian artists.
His work shows the influence of Mantegna and Leonardo da Vinci.
He founded a school in Parma, where he painted the frescoes that adorn the Convent of San Paolo and the cupolas of the cathedral and the church of San Giovanni.
He is noted especially for masterly handling of light and shade.
Two of his finest paintings are the "Holy Night" in the Dresden museum, and "The Marriage of Saint Catherine" in the Louvre.
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