Cities and Centers of Art
Texts by Gianni Guadalupi, Marzio Dall’Acqua. Entries compiled by by Maria Cristina Chiusa, Francesca Grignaffini, Elisa Rizzardi, Pietro Mercogliano
2020 / 258 PAGES
The splendour of the Baptistery, the paintings of Parmigianino and Correggio, the magnificence of the Farnese and the new 20th-century languages of Mattioli and Bocchi, together with brief excursions outside the city, make up an affectionate and surprising portrait of Parma.
This volume is dedicated to Parma, as though to a beloved woman, a portrait of the city with spectacular images and fact sheets, one for each important monument or unusual, little known spot.
The medieval splendour of the Baptistery, the great Mannerist painting by Parmigianino, the frescoes brimming with movement and suffused grace by Correggio, the palaces and churches of the historic centre, the magnificence of the Farnese family, the grandeur that pervades the monuments dating to the time of Marie Louise, and the new 20th-century languages of Mattioli and Bocchi offer themselves up, page after page, to the eyes of the reader.
The form the book follows is that of the city, divided between the two river banks, but the tour is enhanced by an excursion beyond the city, to explore the most fascinating places in the environs.
Accompanying the reader on this tour of images are the entries compiled by Maria Cristina Chiusa and the two introductory essays, one dedicated to time and the other to space: the first, by Gianni Guadalupi, narrates the city's historical events like a tale from a storybook, and the second, by Marzio Dall'Acqua, describes its form.