Parmigiano, or more properly, Parmigianino, (Francesco Mazzuoli,) born at Parma in 1503. The most celebrated of the followers and imitators of Correggio. He sometimes rose to grandeur, and grace was his characteristic. He had a truly fine and admirable genius; his invention was ready, and his taste of design very learned, yet there is rather too much of manner in it; but he had a peculiar talent in giving beauty, elegance, grace, and sweetness to his figures. His carnations receive a remarkable lustre from the yellow and green draperies near them, which he generally used. An unusual lengthiness in the forms was another characteristic." No. 56.--The Adoration of the Shepherds. A composition of eight figures. The Virgin is seated in the temple with the Infant Christ in her arms; the shepherds have brought a lamb and a basket of eggs, which one of them is presenting in an attitude and with a gesture of adoration. Behind, another, supported by a staff, reaches over to gaze on the Saviour; and a third stoops from behind for the same purpose. Behind, on the right, two angels, one holding a white lily; seated on the right of the Virgin is Joseph. This large Picture is, in most respects, a fine specimen of the master. It has his characteristic brilliancy of colouring and his grace. The faces of the two angels are very lovely; and altogether the picture is a very beautiful one. [Pp. 15-16.]
Catalogue of the Pictures Forming the Collection of the Works of the Old Masters now Being exhibited at the Gallery of the National Academy of Design in Broadway. 1849. New-York: George F. Nesbitt, Stationer and Printer, corner of Wall and Water Streets. 1849.