Judith gets lost. And frustrated. And very annoyed.

21 Nov

This post is about a poorly identified painting.   And a poorly identified artist.  And being frustrated.

M.(Parmigianino the Younger) Rocca, “Judith and Holofernes,” private collection

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 WishboneThe Wubbulous World of Dr. SeussPepper 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.


Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Cacciatore


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2 responses to “Judith gets lost. And frustrated. And very annoyed.

  1. Sedna

    April 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

    • judith2you

      April 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Thank you so much for the lead! I will definitely follow up. Among the many things I have learned: these works of art don’t always stay in one place with the same owner.


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