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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Correggio
 
        [Antonio Allegri, called from his birthplace “Il Correggio,” an Italian painter; born 1494; died 1534.]
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I, too, am a painter (Anch’io son pittore).
          The very doubtful saying attributed to Correggio on seeing Raphael’s St. Cecilia at Bologna. Meyer, in his “Life of Correggio,” says, that at the time when the artist might have been in Bologna, namely, in his youth, the Cecilia was not there; equally improbable is it that he was ever in Rome, where the exclamation is said by some to have been called forth by the frescos in the Vatican. The story may have originated in the similarity of a figure in Correggio’s St. Martha to the St. Paul of the Cecilia. Grimm, in his “Life of Michael Angelo,” denies that Correggio ever saw Florence or Rome.
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