Mannerist Paintings

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Paintings from the High Renaissance and Mannerist Period Mannerism emerged and rejected the classical Greco-Roman art in the 1520s, which constituted to the Renaissance era. The Mannerist works challenged the Renaissance style and the interest in human anatomy, perspective, and proportion (Kleiner 600). In contrast to the Late Renaissance painters where they were inclined to create naturalistic art, Mannerist painters honed in creating art that was unrealistic by portraying ambiguous space, unusual presentations of traditional themes, and removing the limitations of expected conventions (Kleiner 643). The Venetian representative of Mannerism is Jacopo Robusti (Kleiner 636). He is known as Tintoretto, and one of his most famous paintings is Last Supper. Another great Venetian master was Paolo Caliari of Verona (Kleiner 637). He is known as Paolo Veronese, and he painted Christ in the House of Levi. It is beneficial to one’s knowledge in understanding the similarities and differences in size, content, composition and form of these two paintings. Furthermore, it is fascinating how these two works reflect and how they were influenced by their time and culture; moreover, one is able to perceive the era in which the two paintings were created. In regards to size and content, Tintoretto’s Last Supper and Veronese’s Christ in the House of Levi share quite a few similarities. Both of these paintings were painted on huge canvases. Last Supper measures at 12’ x 18’ 8’’, and Christ in
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