Parmigianino, born as Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, was an Italian Mannerist painter and printmaker. He was born in Parma, Italy, in 1503 and trained in the workshop of his uncles, who were both painters. Parmigianino developed a unique style characterized by elongated proportions, an elegant linearity, and a cool tonality. His most famous works include the "Madonna with the Long Neck," "The Conversion of Saint Paul," and "Portrait of a Young Woman," which demonstrate his skillful draftsmanship and sophisticated use of color. Parmigianino's career was marked by controversy, and he had a difficult time gaining recognition for his work during his lifetime. He died in Casalmaggiore in 1540 at the age of 37, leaving behind a body of work that has had a lasting impact on the art world.