Uffizi: Madonna with the Long Neck

Italian Mannerist oil painting by Parmigianino, dates back to 1535-1540 and depicts Madonna and Child with angels. It’s an odd painting with distortions of scale. The Madonna is far bigger than she should be. So is Baby Jesus. St. Jerome, the priest who translated the Bible into Latin, is on the contrary too small. Delve into Andrew Graham-Dixon’s story to understand what Mannerism really means.