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Giorgio Vasari said:

"As a result of his fame, Lorenzo Cybo, the captain of the Swiss guard and a very handsome man, chose to have his portrait painted by Francesco; one might say that the artist did not so much portray him as create him of flesh and blood."

Parmigianino certainly brings to life the blond Italian, whose straight posture and reserved gaze radiates a certain arrogance. Striking a relaxed pose, he holds a dagger and an impressive twohanded broadsword so heavy that a small, eager boy lends support.

The painting's object

The weapons and the year 1523 at the bottom of the painting presumably refers to the year in which Lorenzo Cybo was appointed captain of the Pope’s personal guard. The professional duties did, however, leave some time for pleasure, as demonstrated by a gaming table complete with dice and chips.

The artistic production of Parmigianino

Parmigianino died young, only 37 years old, and consequently his body of work is quite limited. His most famous work is a small self-portrait in which the artist’s face is reflected in a round convex mirror; a work that is regarded as the cornerstone of the Mannerist style.

Details

  • Title: Portrait of Lorenzo Cybo
  • Creator: Parmigianino
  • Date Created: 1523
  • Værktekst: Giorgio Vasari skrev: "Som følge af hans berømmelse valgte hr. Lorenzo Cybo, schweizergardens kaptajn og en meget smuk mand, at lade sig portrættere af Francesco; man kan sige at denne ikke portrætterede ham, men at han skabte ham af kød og blod." Parmigianino formår virkelig at puste liv i den blonde italiener, som med sin rankhed og det reserverede blik udstråler en vis arrogance. I en afslappet positur holder han om en daggert og et imponerende tohånds slagsværd, så tungt, at en lille ivrig knægt må støtte lidt. Maleriets genstande Våbnene og årstallet 1523 forneden i maleriet hentyder sandsynligvis til det år, Lorenzo Cybo blev ansat som kaptajn i pavens vagtværn. Lidt tid til fornøjelser har der været. Det vidner et spillebræt med terning og jetoner om. Parmigianinos kunstneriske produktion Parmigianino blev kun 37 år, og hans produktion er derfor ret begrænset. Mest kendt er hans lille selvportræt set i et rundt konveksspejl, som i kunstens historie betragtes som den manieristiske stils hjørnesten.
  • Teknik: Olie på træ
  • Proveniens: Køb 1763
  • Provenance: Acquired 1763
  • Physical Dimensions: w104.5 x h126.5 cm (Without frame)
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=1128
  • Dansk Titel: Portræt af Lorenzo Cybo
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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