NYT: Discovering Parma Through Writing of Stendhal


Stendhal never mentions the unmissable monument, the six-story octagonal Baptistery of pink-and-cream Verona marble, built at the beginning of the 13th century, one of the world’s most elegant medieval buildings.

Marie-Henri Beyle (January 23, 1783 – March 23, 1842), better known by his pen name Stendhal, was a 19th-century French writer. Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.

Parma’s claims to fame

Parma’s claims to fame - Parma ham and Parmesan cheese.

Parma is in the rich Po Valley and can plausibly claim to be the gastronomic capital of Italy. (The residents of Bologna might disagree.)


Correggio is both Parma’s most famous painter and Stendhal’s favorite artist. A Renaissance genius, a master of soft color, warm light and vivid motion, Correggio decorated the dome of the Parma Cathedral with his dizzying “Assumption”.

Antonio Allegri da Correggio, usually known simply as Correggio, (1489 – 1534) was the foremost painter of the Parma school of the Italian Renaissance, who was responsible for some of the most vigorous and sensuous works of the 16th century. In his use of dynamic composition, illusionistic perspective and dramatic foreshortening, Correggio prefigured the Rococo art of the 18th century.

"Correggio's famous frescoes in Parma seems to melt the ceiling of the cathedral and draw the viewer into a gyre of spiritual ecstasy." Image source: Wikipedia, public domain.


Slideshow: Discovering Parma Through Stendhal: http://bit.ly/8mBO1r

The food at La Filoma is impeccable. Try the risotto with prosciutto and Parmesan: http://bit.ly/6vrGnz

The arches of the Palazzo della Pilotta: http://bit.ly/4XACin

Stendhal in Parma, Italy. NYTimes.

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