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Manhattan Art Book Club
Parlor, May 16, 2015
Come join the Manhattan Art Book Club at the Salmagundi Club this May 16th at 12:30pm.
This months book is "Mannerism & Anti-Mannerism" by Walter Friedlaender.
Stylistically, Mannerism encompasses a variety of approaches influenced by, and reacting to, the harmonious ideals associated with artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and early Michelangelo. While High Renaissance explored harmonious ideals, Mannerism wanted to go a step further. Mannerism is notable for its intellectual sophistication as well as its artificial (as opposed to naturalistic) qualities. Mannerism favors compositional tension and instability rather than the balance and clarity of earlier Renaissance painting. Mannerism in literature and music is notable for its highly florid style and intellectual sophistication.
Walter Friedlaender states that
…with Raphael’s death classic art 'the High Renaissance' subsided, though to be sure, like the ‘divine’ Raphael himself it is immortal and will always come to life again in a new form. Mannerism is not a mere transition, not merely a connection between Renaissance and Baroque, but an independent age of style, autonomous and most meaningful.