Tag Archives: Mannerist Art

GARDEN OF EARTHLY FRIGHTS: Mannerist Playground

Despite a lack of evidence, one local tale was that Vicino Orsini was a hunchback who created a garden of monsters in order to persuade his wife, Julia Farnese, that deformity held its own mysterious principles of delight. …Over four … Continue reading

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PAINTED FROM MEMORY: PETER PAUL PAINTING JOY

“Like many people, I have trouble with Rubens’s nudes, especially the female ones: all that smothering flesh, vibrantly alive but with the erotic appeal of a mud slide. (Rubens, owing to moral constraints of the time, rarely worked from nude … Continue reading

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KEEPING THE DRAMA UNDER CONTROL

His father’s life had been filled with scandal and he spent time in prison. In contrast, Rubens was a devoted family man and led a peaceful life. Sir Dudley Carlton, one of his admirers, described Rubens as “prince of painters and … Continue reading

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KILLING TIME WITH THE PRINCE OF PAINTERS

When my day’s work is done We can take in a jamboree, But I just wanna sit down by the fire With my love right here beside me. We’ve got time to kill, Catskill, Sweet by and by. We’ve got … Continue reading

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A PIED PIETER OF THE LESS DROLL

In Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s picturizations of proverbs and parables, the Netherlandish peasant is employed only as a pantominist, but in the paintings of peasant life he comes into his own as Bruegel’s symbol of significant man. People who are … Continue reading

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HEAVEN AS A TENSE & DISQUIETING PLACE

The central incident in El Greco’s painting, ”The Burial of Count Orgaz” is a vulgar and morally pointless miracle. The painting was done to remind a reluctant parish of its feudal duty. Most of the proceedings preceding and surrounding the … Continue reading

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STRANGE MANNERISMS

The arts had come under grave suspicion as offenders against dignity, restraint and decorum. The tide was running toward a new puritanism in the Roman Catholic Church when the council of the church fathers, originally summoned to set the Church’s … Continue reading

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BAD MANNERS

Something very strange happened in the world of the visual arts during the sixteenth century. Its opening years were the golden age of the Italian High Renaissance and the arts seemed to have attained a perfection. Da Vinci, Raphael and … Continue reading

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