The Parmesan collections were established in Renaissance times by the Farnese family, with Pope Paul III and cardinal Alessandro Farnese. In 1734 Charles III of Spain had most of the works moved to Naples: some were kept thanks to the intervention of Philip, Duke of Parma, and later the collection was increased with the addition of Greco-Roman findings, donations and restitutions from Naples, as well as through acquisitions under Duke Ferdinand (1758).
During the French occupation of Parma (1803-1814), the works were moved to Paris, returning in 1816. Duchess Marie Louise reordered the collections in the Palazzo della Pilotta and built the hall which now brings her name. She also acquired several noble collections in the duchy to avoid their dispersal.
The Two Marys at the Tomb by Bartolomeo Schedoni. c. 1613
Suzanna and The Elders by Guercino. c. 1649
Lamentation over the Dead Christ with Saints by Annibale Carracci.
Madonna della Scodella by Correggio. c. 1525-1530
Madonna and Child with Saints by Fra Angelico
Christ Healing the Blind by El Greco. c. 1570-1575
Alessandro Farnese by Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli.
Madonna and Child with St. Jerome and Mary Magdalene by Correggio . c. 1525-1528
Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam by Hans Holbein The Younger. c. 1530