Mannerism and Baroque

“What are some of the characteristic features of Mannerism and the Baroque?”

The articles above and below refer to a type of art style that was popular around the 20th century. I will not be showing any images here for viewer discretion. Please enjoy. 


“While technically masterful, Mannerist compositions were full of clashing colors, disquieting figures with abnormally elongated limbs, (often torturous-looking) emotion and bizarre themes that combined Classicism, Christianity, and mythology” -Shelly Esaak, ThoughtCo.

When you think of angels in art work you most likely think of the chubby, naked cupids with wings, halos, and a long silk cloth covering their lower abdomen. This is an example of Mannerism. With humans lying in uncomfortable positions that couldn’t be maintained in real life, this art style was very popular. They would use the light to their advantage, casting shadows or making the art piece seem to glow.

“Landscapes suffered a similar fate. If the sky in any given scene wasn’t a menacing color, it was filled with flying animals, malevolent putti, Grecian columns or some other unnecessary busy-nes” -Shelly Esaak, ThoughtCo.


“The Baroque is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, theatre, and music.” -Wikipedia 

Baroque was another style people used during and after this time. Particularly found in statues, this art style portrayed people looking fierce, displaying emotion not only through their faces, but through their body. You would likely find more depth in these pieces of art (in my opinion).


Western Civ. 2, Lesson 45


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