Correggio's birth date is a matter of conjecture, variously dated as between 1489 and 1494. Like many painters today, Correggio was a small town artist. He never strayed far from the tiny, provincial town of Parma, Italy. One of his earliest paintings, "The Holy Night", painted around 1530, is a nativity, typically labeled as being Mannerist, mostly based upon the period of time during which it was painted. Certainly, there is a Mannerist quality to its figures, but the overall "look" of the work with, it's dramatic lighting emanating from the Christ-child, and it's moving, dynamic composition, seems much more akin to that of Caravaggio and the Early Renaissance artist, Mantegna than the contrivances of Correggio's Mannerist contemporaries like Tintorretto or Veronese.
(Adoration of the Shepherds),