1503 Born in Parma, his father, Filippo Mazzola, and uncles were painters.
1519 At the age of 16 he completes an altarpiece (The Baptism) for the church of SS Annunziata in Parma.
1522 He may have helped Correggio with the decoration of the dome of S Giovanni Evangelista in Parma.
1524 With the election of a new Pope, Parmigianino decided to travel to Rome via Florence, where he stayed for some time waiting for the plague to subside. The Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror was one of the paintings he presented to Pope Clement VII.
1527 During the Sack of Rome, Vasari tells us that German soldiers broke into Parmigianino’s lodgings and that his life was only spared after he made numerous drawings of his attackers. After this he returns to northern Italy and settles for a time in Bologna.
1530 Returns to Parma, probably in order to undertake a commission to decorate the vault and apse of S Maria della Steccata.
1534 The Madonna of the Long Neck is commissioned.
1539 The slow progress he has made on the S Maria della Steccata commission leads to his imprisonment. He forfeits the bail paid by a patron and flees to Casalmaggiore in the jurisdiction of Cremona.
1540 Parmigianino dies in Casalmaggiore.
1542The Madonna of the Long Neck is installed in S Maria dei Servi in Parma.