Parmigianino's exquisite Schiava Turca (Turkish slave) is shrouded in mystery. Who is this woman whose elaborate, almost theatrical, costume inspired an early eighteenth-century writer to give the Renaissance beauty her fantastical name? In this lecture, the guest curator of the special exhibition The Poetry of Parmigianino's "Schiava Turca" will present a new interpretation of the work. Ng's new research suggests that the sitter likely held a special status as a poet in the court culture of Northern Italy.
―This lecture is made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.
Aimee Ng's research in the field of Italian Renaissance art focuses particularly on early Mannerist artists and their dispersal after the Sack of Rome, including Rosso Fiorentino, Parmigianino, and Sebastiano del Piombo. Prior to earning her Ph.D. at Columbia University, she received a BFA at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario, where she specialized in figurative painting.