Essay on Mannerism and Baroque

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Mannerism and Baroque

Western Governors University
Literature, Arts and the Humanities: Analysis and Interpretation

May 8, 2013

Mannerism and Baroque
If you study art history at any length, you will become aware of the many different periods and their individual characteristics. There are prime times throughout art history that the general populations can easily identify such as Renaissance or Impressionism. They might even be able to name a few of the artists or their artwork. As you delve further into the rich history of art, you start to notice many deviations in the style of artists who are transitioning into a new artistic period. At first look, you might not see the subtle difference in the art from the norm
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It is sometimes referred to “anti-classical” because the artists seemed to be rejecting the forms of their masters. The artists of the Mannerism era portrayed their subjects with elongated proportions and overstated anatomy. The forms in the art pieces are usually in twisting poses. The work of the mannerism period is often unsettling, full of torturous emotion. Artwork from the mannerism period is also classified with clashing, almost acid colors.
The second phase is referred to as high maneria or mannerism. Artists of this phase looked to their older contemporary Michelangelo as a model. These artists’ work was art-imitating art, as opposed to art imitating nature. Maneria art pairs overstated elegance with exceptional attention to the surface and detail. The subjects of artwork rarely displayed emotion. The works of this timeframe are often called “cold” or “aloof”. In Italy, the mannerist were centered primarily and Florence and Rome. Many of the artists fled the city after a Sack of Rome. This led to the style being scattered throughout Italy and Europe. The themes of the artwork were often bizarre. They were usually a mixture of mythology, classicism, and Christianity. One of the greatest examples of Mannerist art is Venus Cupid Folly and Time by Angelo Bronzino.
The Baroque period occurred on 1600 to approximately 1750. The word baroque comes from the Portuguese word barocca meaning pearl of irregular shape. Many

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