Robin Urton: dimensional paintings on glass



Madonna of the Long Neck

Venus, Cupid, Time, and Folly


Mannerism is a term which is used to describe art which is transitional between the High Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Renaissance ends around 1550, and the Baroque begins around 1600, so Mannerism takes place in the 50 years intervening. It is sometimes difficult to differentiate from either, since both the High Renaissance and the Baroque reflect a higher degree of drama and emotion than does the early Renaissance. In general, Mannerist artists emulated the later works of Michelangelo and Raphael, moving towards extreme drama and exaggerated compositions. Sometimes this has an almost surreal, absurd effect, as in the two images above. Both elongate and distort the figures, have irrational compositions, and a confusing sense of space. There were some great masters of the Mannerist period, however. My own personal favorites are the works of Titian (who's earlier works might be described as High Renaissance), Tintoretto (who was once Titian's student), and El Greco (a Greek artist who completed most of his work in Toledo, Spain). These artists use the exaggerated movement, dramatic compositions, and (in El Greco's case) figurative distortion to their advantage.



The Annunciation

Repentant Magdalen

Madonna and the Pesaro Family





St. George and the Dragon

Origins of the Milky Way




El Greco
(Dominikos Theotokopoulos)

The Holy Trinity

Agony in the Garden



The Death of Count Ornaz

Assumption of the Virgin

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