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Mannerism

Europe, Mid to Late 16th Century


Mannerism, the artistic style which gained popularity in the period following the High Renaissance, takes as its ideals the work of Raphael and Michelangelo Buonarroti. It is considered to be a period of technical accomplishment but also of formulaic, theatrical and overly stylized work.

Mannerist Art is characterized by a complex composition, with muscular and elongated figures in complex poses. Discussing Michelangelo in his journal, Eugène Delacroix gives as good a description as any of the limitations of Mannerism:
"[A]ll that he has painted is muscles and poses, in which even science, contrary to general opinion, is by no means the dominant factor... He did not know a single one of the feelings of man, not one of his passions. When he was making an arm or a leg, it seems as if he were thinking only of that arm or leg and was not giving the slightest consideration to the way it relates with the action of the figure to which it belongs, much less to the action of the picture as a whole... Therein lies his great merit; he brings a sense of the grand and the terrible into even an isolated limb."

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In addition to Michelangelo, leading Mannerist artists included Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, and Parmigianino.

By the late 16th century, there were several anti-Mannerist attempts to reinvigorate art with greater naturalism and emotionalism. These developed into the Baroque style, which dominated the 17th century.
        

 
 
Chronological Listing of Mannerist Artists
 
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Amico Aspertini 1474-1552 Italian Painter 
Masters of the Fontainebleau 16th Century FrenchLady at Her Dressing Table
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Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475-1564 Italian Painter/SculptorMichelangelo: Delphic Sibyl
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Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo 1480-1548 Italian PainterSt. Mary Magdalene Approaching the Sepulchre
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Il Pordenone 1484-1539 Italian Painter 
Sebastiano del Piombo 1485-1547 Italian PainterPieta
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Domenico Beccafumi 1486-1551 Italian PainterSt Bernardino of Siena Preaching
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Jacopo Sansovino 1486-1570 Italian SculptorBacchus, 1510
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Alonso Berruguete 1488-1561 Spanish Painter/SculptorA Man Seated On A Lege And Bending To The Left
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Correggio 1489-1534 Italian PainterCorreggio: Noli Me Tangere (detail)
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Baccio Bandinelli 1493-1560 Italian SculptorCosimo I De Medici
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Pontormo 1494-1556 Italian PainterPortrait of a Halberdier
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Rosso Fiorentino 1494-1540 Italian PainterMusician Angel
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Diego de Siloe 1495-1563 Spanish Sculptor/Architect 
Giulio Romano 1499-1546 Italian PainterThe Building of the Trojan Horse
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Polidoro da Caravaggio 1500-1543 Italian PainterNativity
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Benvenuto Cellini 1500-1571 Italian Sculptor/GoldsmithThe Nymph of Fontainebleau, 1542
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Jan Sanders van Hemessen 1500-1566 Netherlandish PainterThe Surgeon
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Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli 1500-1569 Italian PainterSt. John Changes Sticks and Stones Into Jewels
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Andrea Schiavone 1500-1563 Italian PainterSamson Killing a Philistine
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Niccolo Tribolo 1500-1550 Italian SculptorLamentation
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Perino del Vaga 1501-1547 Italian PainterTarquinius The Proud
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Agnolo Bronzino 1503-1572 Italian PainterPortrait of Eleonora Da Toledo
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Parmigianino 1503-1540 Italian PainterFive Angels
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Francesco Primaticcio 1504-1570 Italian Painter/SculptorDiane de Poitiers
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Juan de Juni 1507-1577 French/Spanish Sculptor 
Hans Speckaert Died C.1577 Flemish Painter 
Andrea Palladio 1508-1580 Italian ArchitectCorinthian Columns (HC)
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Danese Cattaneo 1509-1573 Italian Sculptor 
Leone Leoni 1509-1590 Italian SculptorMedallion of Andrea Doria, ca.1541
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Daniele da Volterra 1509-1566 Italian Painter/SculptorPortrait Bust of Michelangelo Buonarroti
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Francois Clouet 1510-1572 French PainterMiniature of Mary Queen of Scots
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Jean Goujon 1510-1565 French SculptorDiana Mounted on a Stag
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Francesco Salviati 1510-1563 Italian PainterThe Incredulity of St. Thomas
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Lambert Sustris 1510-1560 Dutch PainterNoli Me Tangere
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Bartolommeo Ammanati 1511-1592 Italian SculptorLeda and The Swan
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Giorgio Vasari 1511-1574 Italian Writer/PainterSelf-Portrait
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Prospero Fontana 1512-1597 Italian PainterPieta
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Niccolo dell'Abbate 1512-1571 Italian PainterNiccolo dell'Abbate: Altarpiece of Sainte-Chapelle
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Pirro Ligorio 1513-1583 Italian Architect 
Parrasio Micheli 1516-1578 Italian Painter 
Tintoretto 1518-1594 Italian PainterPortrait of a Woman
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Gaspar Becerra 1520-1570 Spanish Painter/Sculptor 
Antoine Caron 1520-1598 French PainterDionysius the Areopagite
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Giorgio Ghisi 1520-1582 Italian Engraver 
Luis de Morales 1520-1586 Spanish PainterThe Pieta
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Giovanni Battista Moroni 1520-1578 Italian PainterPortrait of a Man, presumed to be Clement Marot
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Giuseppe Porta 1520-1575 Italian Painter 
Bernardino Campi 1522-1591 Italian Painter 
Antonio Campi 1524-1587 Italian Painter 
Paolo Farinati 1524-1606 Italian PainterPandora Offers the Box to Epimetheus
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Willem van Tetrode 1525-1580 Dutch Sculptor 
Alessandro Vittoria 1525-1608 Italian SculptorRelief Depicting a Venetian Galleon
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Luca Cambiaso 1527-1585 Italian PainterThe Battle of Lepanto, 7th October 1571
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Pellegrino Tibaldi 1527-1596 Italian PainterThe Holy Family With Saint Catherine
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Paolo Veronese 1528-1588 Italian PainterThe Eternal Father
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Valerio Cioli 1529-1599 Italian Sculptor 
Giambologna 1529-1608 Flemish/Italian SculptorStatue of Mercury, c.1564
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Bartolomeo Passerotti 1529-1592 Italian PainterCaricature
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Taddeo Zuccaro 1529-1566 Italian PainterCharles V, Francis I and Alessandro Farnese
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1530-1593 Italian PainterSummer
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Cornelis van Dalem 1530-1573 Dutch Painter 
Vincenzo Danti 1530-1576 Italian SculptorHonour Triumphing over Deceit, c.1561
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Germain Pilon 1530-1590 French SculptorThe Three Graces
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Tommaso Manzuoli 1531-1571 Italian PainterTommaso Manzuoli: The Fall of Icarus
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Sofonisba Anguissola 1532-1625 Italian PainterPortrait of Alessandro Farnese
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Martin de Vos 1532-1603 Flemish PainterThe Rape of Europa
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Pompeo Leoni 1533-1608 Italian Sculptor 
Alessandro Allori 1535-1607 Italian PainterMarie De Medici
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Federico Barocci 1535-1612 Italian PainterSaint Lucy
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Vincenzo Campi 1536-1591 Italian PainterThe Fruit Dealer
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Giovan Paolo Lomazzo 1538-1600 Italian PainterSelf-Portrait
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Lucia Anguissola 1540-1565 Italian Painter 
Hubert Gerhard 1540-1620 Dutch Sculptor 
Jacopo Zucchi 1540-1596 Italian PainterThe Mine, 1572
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El Greco 1541-1614 Greek/Spanish PainterSt. Louis and His Page
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Federico Zuccaro 1542-1609 Italian PainterFrancis I and Alessandro Farnese Entering Paris in 1540
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Pierre Dumonstier 1545-1625 French Painter 
Bartholomeus Spranger 1546-1611 Flemish PainterNoli Me Tangere
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Jacopo Ligozzi 1547-1627 Italian PainterQuercus Robur E Parus Coerculeis
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Diana Scultori 1547-1612 Italian Engraver 
Peter de Witte 1548-1628 Netherlandish PainterThe Holy Family and Saint Anne
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Pietro Francavilla 1548-1615 Italian Sculptor 
Karel van Mander 1548-1606 Dutch Writer/PainterWilliam Shakespeare and Ben Jonson
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Palma Giovane 1548-1628 Italian PainterChrist Shown to the People
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Francesco Bassano 1549-1592 Italian PainterWinter (The Butcher)
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Il Nosadella 1549-1571 Italian Painter 
Giovanni Ambrogio Figino 1551-1608 Italian Painter 
Hans von Aachen 1552-1615 German PainterJohannes Kepler, astronomer, c.1612
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Lavinia Fontana 1552-1614 Italian PainterA Noblewoman Said To Be Bianca Cappello
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Cristoforo Roncalli 1552-1626 Italian Painter 
Marietta Robusti 1554-1590 Italian Painter 
Otto van Veen 1556-1629 Flemish PainterThe Artist Painting, Surrounded by his Family, 1584
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Leandro Bassano 1557-1622 Italian PainterOrpheus Charming The Animals
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Adriaen de Vries 1560-1626 Dutch SculptorMercury and Psyche, 1593
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Pietro Bernini 1562-1629 Italian Sculptor 
Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem 1562-1638 Dutch PainterAdam and Eve, 1622
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Abraham Bloemaert 1564-1651 Dutch PainterAllegory of Age
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Nicolas Cordier 1565-1612 French Sculptor 
Camillo Mariani 1565-1611 Italian Sculptor 
Joachim Antonisz. Wtewael 1566-1638 Dutch PainterThe Baptism of Christ
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Giuseppe Cesari 1568-1640 Italian PainterPerseus Rescuing Andromeda, 1602
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Giovanni Battista Crespi 1575-1633 Italian PainterCeres
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Stefano Maderno 1575-1636 Italian Sculptor 
Georges Lallemant 1580-1636 French Painter 
Francesco Mochi 1580-1654 Italian Sculptor 
Panfilo Nuvolone 1581-1651 Italian Painter 
Luis Juarez 1585-1638 Mexican PainterThe Virgin Giving the Chasuble to St. Ildefonsus
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Jacques Callot 1592-1635 French EngraverThe Temptation of St. Anthony
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Filippo Parodi 1630-1702 Italian Sculptor 
Michael Lukas Leopold Willmann 1630-1706 German Painter 
Antonio Carneo 1637-1692 Italian Painter 

 
 
 




 
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