The Artistic Style Of Mannerism

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The artistic style of Mannerism began in Florence and reigned from the early 1520’s until about 1590 where it had been widely spread in Northern Europe. Early Mannerist period art is known for its anti-Renaissance style which over time developed into a more intellectual style designed to appeal to a more sophisticated patron. Artists of this time, such as Correggio, Fiorentino and Parmigianino, were followers of the Renaissance masters. Mannerism was an artistic approach that focused on the human form, depicted in intricate poses with exaggerated and not always realistic settings. This style is the first observation of artists using an individual way of painting, the personal vision and pictorial understanding of their world. The new…show more content…
More often than not figures appear as decorative arrangement of forms in front of flat background with limited dimensions. They used techniques of constricting spatial relationships, intense and unnatural colors and an emphasis on abnormalities of scale. Mannerism came about following the publication of the Wittenberg These by Martin Luther. Luther declared religious war of the Reformation against the Catholic Church. The main point of contention was the sale of indulgences by the Pope. These absolutions were offered to the faithful by which they could buy forgiveness from the Pope and provided the Church with a lucrative source of income ("Mannerism Art Movement," n.d.). In addition to the religious upheaval there were scientific discoveries that lent confusion in how the people of the period viewed the world around them. Many of the paintings depict that man was no longer the center of the universe, as if the painters had lost their faith in ordered harmony so perfectly displayed in earlier works of art. Mannerism retained a high level of international popularity until the works of Pontormo and Caravaggio around 1590 brought the challenging style to an end and ushered in the long dominance of Baroque. The transition between Mannerism and Baroque could be easily described as a view of the world in which real and unreal, the spiritual world and the perceptible world can no longer be distinguished. While the Mannerist approach to art reflected the confused tension
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