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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Italian Renaissance Architecture and Art: Mannerism

Originating in Italy as a reaction against the equilibrium and form characteristic of the High Renaissance, mannerism is equated in art as well as architecture (c.1520-1600). In Florence, Pontormo and Brozino, and in Rome, Il Rosso, Parmigianino and Beccafuni created a new form. These elegant figures were elongated and in uncomfortable postures.

Mannerists rendered pieces of art in which scale and proportion were deliberately off kilter. Good examples of this type of art exist in the work of Tintoretto and El Greco.

The works of the Zuccaro brothers took mannerism to another plane. By the end of the century, the Baroque age had taken over.

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