Italian artist Parmigianino was born #onthisday in 1503. Parmigianino's real name was Francesco Mazzola, but was known as the 'little Parmesan' as he came from the north Italian city of Parma. Before moving to Rome in 1524, the young Parmigianino had received important public commissions in his native Parma. Once in Rome he collaborated with specialists such as Ugo da Carpi to produce engravings and woodcuts that captured the movement and drama of his figure drawings.
After moving to Bologna in 1527, he experimented with the new technique of etching to find a style that reproduced the personal refinement of his drawings. This etching, titled ‘The Entombment’, represents his greatest success. The graceful movements of the women turning towards or away from the light, and the virtuoso draughtsmanship of the artist, give the work a self-conscious style, which was much admired in the Italian courts http://ow.ly/W1DP3