Mannerism (Style and Civilization) by John Shearman

By John Shearman

Mannerism (Style and Civilization)

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Too little appreciated is the extent to which the there is 32 4. Vulcan and Maia. Bartholomaus Spranger critical in fact language of one of the arts in the sixteenth century was to all of them. This was only in part due to common was primarily due to the derivation in techniques, frameworks and terms of reference, from the enormous body of ancient criticism which was, as it happened, mainly literary and rhetorical, to a lesser extent musical, and scarcely at all concerned with the visual cross-fertilization; each case of it critical arts.

Because of the perfect harmony of all its qualities and parts it is easy to overlook its essential complexity - easiest to grasp, perhaps, if we imagine the figures cast, as they so appropriately could be, into a bronze fountain-figure. There are two rotating systems of forms around the two heads, which are respectively of symbolic refinement and vulgarity. These elaborate patterns of movement and form in space are exactly counterpoised too exactly, in fact, for there to be an effect of energy, and there results instead a suspension of movement (in the sense of getting somewhere, or performing some action), harmonious with the suspension : 58 25 .

Joachim Wtewael of production in the North and the survival of Mannerist conventions throughout the Baroque period. Mannerism, as we have seen, is a term invented for a category in the history of the visual arts. Recently, as a result of the continuing cross-fertilization of critical disciplines, the concept has been transferred to other fields. This has led to some confusion, since there have also been transferred the varieties of meaning that art-historians attach to the term. However, the transference is not artificial, for equivalents really do exist; and a study of sixteenth-century literature and music not only provides illustrations of such similarities but also reflects a little light back on to the concept of Mannerism in the visual arts, which remains our primary concern.

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