Mannerism, the artistic style which gained popularity in the period following the High Renaissance, takes as its ideals the Artwork of Raphael and Michelangelo Buonarroti. It is considered to be a period of technical accomplishment but of formulaic, theatrical and overly stylized work.
Mannerist Art is characterized by a complex composition, with muscular and elongated figures in complex poses.
In addition to Michelangelo, leading Mannerist artists included Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, and Parmigianino.
By the late 16th century, there were several anti-Mannerist attempts to reinvigorate art with greater naturalism and emotionalism. These developed into the Baroque style, which dominated the 17th century.
- Aertsen, Pieter (1508-1575)
- Allori, Alesandro (1535-1607)
- Arcimboldo, Giuseppe (1527-1593)
- Bronchorst, Jan Gerritsz van (1603-1661)
- Bronzino, Agnolo (1503-1572)
- El Greco, -Domenikos Theotokopolos (1541-1614)
- Goltzius, Hendrick (1558-1617)
- Goubau, Anthonie (1616-1698)
- Parmigianino, Francesco Mazzola (1503-1540)
- Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti (1518-1594)
- Veronese, Paolo (1528-1588)