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Mannerism, more than an art bridge

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Lorenzo Ciotti
il 12 febbraio 2017
Celebrated or underestimated, is an artistic movement that gave us incredible masterpieces

Mannerism could be defined as a bridge of art history. Why do we talk about a bridge? It connects between the Renaissance and the Baroque, but it is an art movement that has inspired hundreds of artists in the centuries to come, and in one way or another is part of the Italian and European art history.

The artists of this movement, admired, celebrated and exhibited in major galleries around the world, have produced a range of incredible works of an enviable depth and an allegorical richness, artistic and cultural.

Although its roots can be found already in the fifteenth-century art literature, the taste for the unusual, son of Florentine eccentric, spread throughout the Italian peninsula, then went beyond its boundaries (and resistance), and its refined taste, self-referential and decoration, will arrive in European courts in an elitist way for the Study of Francesco I in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence or the collection of Rudolph II in Prague.

Elegance, grace and artifice, as if to travel almost unnatural ways, but refined, is the hub of the Mannerist work, which finds its highest representation in the serpentine figure of the human body, expressing it in twisting screw at least almost improbable.

Painting, in Mannerism, transmigrates in a very vague variety of colors. For Giorgio Vasari, the highest expression of the "good way" of painting was Raphael and Michelangelo. It resulted in the following works in inventiveness, sophistication, artifice and affectation. Though the term mannerism was initially used to in a dismissive define the transition between the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque, it took centuries to come a connotation of indissoluble artistic eminence.

Among the greatest artists of this current we can include Giorgio Vasari, Federico Barocci, Agnolo Bronzino, Tintoretto, Parmigianino, Prospero Fontana and Polidoro da Caravaggio.

The works of this extraordinary art movement can be found in the greatest museums and galleries in Europe and worldwide, such as the National Gallery in London and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, in what is another celebration of Italian art.

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