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Parmigianino (Parma 1503-Casalmaggiore 1540)

A self-portrait c. 1524

Red chalk over a little stylus | 10.7 x 7.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 990529

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The drawing was made when Parmigianino was about 20 years old (though he looks younger). The shadow cast by the broad brim of the hat stops sharply at his eyes, which are enlarged to a disturbing degree. The drawing may be connected with the artist's Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror in Vienna, one of the most celebrated self-portraits of the Renaissance.