This post is about a poorly identified painting. And a poorly identified artist. And being frustrated.
In searching for images of Judith, this image appeared and I expected to be able to trace it by searching the name of the artist. In the endless circle of the internet, what I found instead were more images that gave the same meager information: it was painted by “M. (Parmigianino the Younger) Rocca.” Who also painted Narcissus and Satyr Crowned by a Nymph. Maybe the problem is the name. Like, who puts parentheses in the middle of their name?
I tried “Parmigianino the Younger” – no parentheses. The search returned the same thing: “M. (Parmigianino the Younger) Rocca.” So I learned that Parmigianino the Younger obviously wanted parentheses in the middle of his name.
I tried “Parmigianino” – thinking maybe there was a Parmigianino the Elder. There is a rather talented Mannerist named Parmigianino who worked with Correggio, but there is no mention of children or siblings in his accounts that were known as Younger.
I tried M. Rocca – thinking that the parentheses are still the problem. I ended up with Mo Rocca, political satirist. comedy writer for Wishbone, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Pepper Ann and correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Tonight Show and CBS News Sunday Morning .
However, on the right track I did learn that “M” is for Michele who was born in Parma in 1675 and died in Venice about 1751. Using that information, I finally found a biographical sketch that told me he was also called … Parmigiano the Younger. Gee, thanks for that late-breaking-news.
I tried ignoring the painting. And have decided that is the best solution.