Parmigianino, Schiava Turca, ca. 1531–1534. Oil on panel. Galleria Nazionale di Parma. Photograph © Ministry of National Heritage, Culture, and Tourism
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Mary Vaccaro, PhD, Art History Professor and Area Coordinator, University of Texas, Arlington, offers an overview of Parmigianino's life and art, with attention to his portraits of women.
Vaccaro specializes in Renaissance art, particularly 16th-century Northern Italian painting and drawing. She wrote a book on the paintings of Parmigianino in 2002 and co-authored a volume on the artist's drawings in 2000. She has written numerous essays and book reviews for such journals and anthologies as Apollo, The Burlington Magazine, Master Drawings, Renaissance Studies, and the Revue du Louvre et des musées de France. As an authority on the School of Parma, she has been a guest lecturer in conjunction with exhibits including Correggio and Parmigianino: Master Draftsmen of the Renaissance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2001), The Art of Parmigianino at the Frick Collection (2004), and Parma at the Museum of Western Art in Tokyo (2007). She has also been invited to speak at major international conferences on Parmigianino (2002) and Correggio (2008), sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Culture.
Vaccaro is the recipient of prestigious fellowships, including the American Academy in Rome Prize, multiple Fulbright-Hays program awards to Italy, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence. More recently, she held a J. Clawson Mills senior fellowship in the department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2007-2008) to research artists in the School of Parma for a forthcoming book titled Disegno: On the Use and Exchange of Drawings in Sixteenth-Century Parma.