Parmigianino’s painting “Cupid planing a bow”. Painting size 135 x 65.3, wood, oil. Over the frescoes of the Parma Church of Santa Maria della Steccata, Parmigianino worked at first very smartly, managing to write small things for his friends from time to time. For his long-time friend Knight, the painter Bayardo, the artist painted in 1535 the painting “Cupid, planing a bow”.
But then Parmigianino became interested in alchemy, which caused him to cool down to the painter’s work. Vasari very heartily complains about this: “Having scored his head with this, and not
Therefore, he considered it best to retire and flew away one night with a few friends in Casalmajor… “Here he somewhat moved away from his alchemical hobbies, to the great delight of his talent’s admirers. However, the revival for art was short. Soon, Parmigianino returned to his flasks and retorts, transformed from a pleasant and elegant young man into an unsociable, gloomy, overgrown beard of an old man. This transformation vividly illustrates his late self-portrait, how little was left of him He looks at us from “Self-portrait in a convex mirror.”