Mannerism Author:John Shearman Mannerism; by John Searman — style and civilization — with 101 illustrations — MANNERISM — The refinement of Benvenuto Cellini's golden salt cellar or the monstrous fantasies of the Boboli Gardens in Florence - both are characteristic of Mannerism, a virtuoso style of the life and art that intervened between Renaissance and Baroque in the sixteenth ... more »centurY. Mannerism was perhaps the most self-consciously 'stylish' of all styles - in literature, music and the visual arts alike. In the way that we have once again come to appreciate art nouveau so it is again possible for us to Understand the spirit and beauty of Mannerist art.
STYLE AND CIVILIZATION
This series interprets the important styles in European art in the broadest context of the civilization and thought of their times. It aims, in this way, to achieve a deeper understanding of their character and motivation.