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MANNERISM
(c. 1520-1580)

BRONZINO (Agnolo di Cosimo) (1503-1572) 'Portrait of Laura Battiferri', 1555 (oil on canvas)
BRONZINO (Agnolo di Cosimo) (1503-1572)
‘Portrait of Laura Battiferri’, 1555 (oil on canvas)

Mannerism is a 20th century term that was used to describe several exaggerated or mannered styles of art that evolved towards the end of the High Renaissance. Mannerist artists valued a personal and idealized response to beauty over the classical ideal of‘truth to nature’.

The more robust qualities of Mannerism are found in the exaggerated physiques and contorted figures from the late work of Michelangelo, Raphael, Tintoretto and El Greco.

A more refined response to the Mannerist style is seen in the elegant and elongated figures from the paintings of Agnolo Bronzino, Parmigianino and Jacopo Pontormo.

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