Collection: Mannerism

Mannerism is an art movement that emerged in Italy around the late 1520s and lasted until the end of the 16th century. It is characterized by a highly stylized approach to art, marked by exaggerated poses, intricate compositions, and a preference for artificiality over realism.Mannerism emerged as a reaction to the classical ideals of the Renaissance, as artists sought to break free from the constraints of naturalism and explore new avenues of expression. Its leading practitioners included Giorgio Vasari, Jacopo da Pontormo, and Agnolo Bronzino.Mannerist art is often marked by a sense of drama and tension, with elongated figures and distorted proportions conveying a heightened sense of emotion. It was an influential movement that paved the way for the Baroque style of the 17th century, and its legacy can still be seen in the works of many contemporary artists.