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The Mannerism Style



The name Mannerism [1520-1600] comes from the Italian maniera, which translates to 'style'. Mannerism is an artistic style that was born in the early 1500s. The Mannerist movement represents the last dying gasp of the Italian Renaissance. The style originated in Italy and later widened to all of Europe.
Agnolo Bronzino - Venere, Amore, la Follia e il Tempo - Tutt'Art@
Agnolo Bronzino - Venere, Amore, la Follia e il Tempo
Mannerist's paintings are characterized by elongated limbs, thin aquiline noses, tapering fingers, undersized heads, garish colors and elaborately mannered and contorted postures. There is usually a theatrical air of restless action. The Mannerists in Italy worked on commission for a restricted audience of Vatican powerbrokers and royalty. The subjects they painted were generally religious themes, portraits and sometimes mythology. El Greco spurned the lavish commissions in favor of artistic freedom and went off to Spain and to pursue his own extraordinary vision.
Benvenuto Cellini - Saliera per Francesco - Tutt'Art@
Benvenuto Cellini - Saliera per Francesco
Giuseppe Arcimboldo - Tutt'Art@
The mannerist approach to painting also influenced other arts. In architecture, the work of Italian architect Giulio Romano is a notable example. The italian Benvenuto Cellini and Flemish born Giambologna were the style's chief representatives in sculpture.

Mannerist Artists

Paolo Veronese
Jacopo da Pontormo
Alessandro Allori
El Greco

Francesco Bacchiacca
Giovanni Rosso Fiorentino
Agnolo Bronzino
Parmigianino
Giorgio Vasari
Livio Agresti
Benvenuto Cellini

Rosso Fiorentino
Giulio Romano
Gaudenzio Ferrari
Perin del Vaga
Iacopino del Conte
Daniele da Volterra
Francesco Salviati
Federico Zuccari
Federico Barocci
Andrea del Sarto
Sebastiano del Piombo
Prospero Fontana
Brescianino
Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo
Polidoro da Caravaggio
Andrea Schiavone
Pellegrino Tibaldi
Camillo Boccaccino
Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Bartolomeo Spranger
Tintoretto
Francesco Primaticcio
Domenico Beccafumi
Il Pordenone
Paris Bordone
Antonio Campi
Vincenzo Campi
Raffaellino del Colle
Cristoforo Gherardi