Mazzola Francesco called Parmigianino
(Parma 1503 - Casalmaggiore 1540)
oil on panel, cm 58 x 46
The panel is mentioned as part of the Collection for the first time in the 1693 inventory, where it is correctly attributed to Parmigianino. Conceived as a close-up foreground, the painting was probably executed in Rome around 1526, during the artist’s stay in the months preceding the tragic Sack of the Landsknechte (1527). Formerly thought to be a prelate because of his black gown, the young man may be a gentleman, as shown by his long robe and cocked hat of the same colour.