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(b Correggio, c.1490; d Correggio, 5 Mar. 1534). Italian painter, named after the small town in Emilia where he was born and died. Although he worked mainly in provincial centres, he was one of the most sophisticated artists of his time, blending disparate sources into a potent synthesis, and although his reputation in his lifetime was modest, he had enormous posthumous fame and influence. His early career is poorly documented and his artistic education has to be conjectured on stylistic grounds.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)