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MANNERISM KEY DATES: 1520-1600 Artists of the Early Renaissance and the High Renaissance developed their characteristic styles from  the observation of nature and the formulation of a pictorial science. When Mannerism matured after  1520(The year Raphael died), all the representational problems had been solved. A body of  knowledge was there to be learned. Instead of nature as their teacher, Mannerist artists took art.  While Renaissance artists sought nature to find their style, the Mannerists looked first for a style and  found a manner. In Mannerist paintings, compositions can have no focal point, space can be ambiguous, figures can 
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Unformatted text preview: be characterized by an athletic bending and twisting with distortions, exaggerations, an elastic elongation of the limbs, bizarre posturing on one hand, graceful posturing on the other hand, and a rendering of the heads as uniformly small and oval. The composition is jammed by clashing colors, which is unlike what we've seen in the balanced, natural, and dramatic colors of the High Renaissance. Mannerist artwork seeks instability and restlessness. There is also a fondness for allegories that have lascivious undertones. REPRESENTATIVE ARTISTS: Andrea del Sarto Jacopo da Pontormo Correggio...
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