Mannerism is a period of European art that emerged from the later years of the Italian High Renaissance around 1520. It lasted until about 1580 in Italy, when a more Baroque style began to replace it, but Northern Mannerism continued into the early 17th century throughout much of Europe. Stylistically, Mannerism encompasses a variety of approaches influenced by, and reacting to, the harmonious ideals and restrained naturalism associated with artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and early Michelangelo. Mannerism is notable for its intellectual sophistication as well as its artificial (as opposed to naturalistic) qualities.

The definition of Mannerism, and the phases within it, continue to be the subject of debate among art historians. For example, some scholars have applied the label to certain early modern forms of literature (especially poetry) and music of the 16th and 17th centuries. The term is also used to refer to some Late Gothic painters working in northern Europe from about 1500 to 1530, especially the Antwerp Mannerists-a group unrelated to the Italian movement. Mannerism also has been applied by analogy to the Silver Age of Latin.

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The Purification of the Temple (detail) 1571-76 - El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) - www.mannerism-in-art.org
The Purification of the Temple (detail) 1571-76
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Louis Charles de Bourbon (1555-57) Comte de Marle,... - (studio of) Clouet - www.mannerism-in-art.org
Louis Charles de Bourbon (1555-57) Comte de Marle,...
(studio of) Clouet
Holy Family (The Virgin of the Good Milk)  1594-1604 - El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) - www.mannerism-in-art.org
Holy Family (The Virgin of the Good Milk) 1594-1604
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Agony in the Garden 1600-05 - El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) - www.mannerism-in-art.org
The Agony in the Garden 1600-05
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception and St John... - El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) - www.mannerism-in-art.org
The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception and St John...
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Purification of the Temple (detail 2) c. 1600 - El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) - www.mannerism-in-art.org
The Purification of the Temple (detail 2) c. 1600
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Martyrdom of St Maurice 1580-81 - El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) - www.mannerism-in-art.org
The Martyrdom of St Maurice 1580-81
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Martyrdom of St Maurice and his Legions (detail)... - El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) - www.mannerism-in-art.org
The Martyrdom of St Maurice and his Legions (detail)...
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

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