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"Manierismo was the extreme consciousness of elegant style for its own sake, a passion which unites the cold narcissistic nudes of Bronzino, the elaborate chiselling of Benvenuto Cellini's saltcellar, and the water-games in a duke's garden. Shearman's essay ranges across sixteenth-century music, literature and architecture as well as art: it is a model of breadth and conci ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 25th 1990 by Penguin Books (first published 1967)
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May 27, 2013 AC rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book for all the obvious reasons - viz., because it is a good book. The author is smart, and in discussing his topic, he opens a vista, not just on European art of the 15th-17th centuries, but on more universal trends...

In particular, Mannerism is (for Shearman) an excess of classicism, just as Asianism (Bembismo), was an excess of the classical ideals of Cicero or Atticism: or

The stress on elega
Jun 05, 2015 Monica rated it it was amazing
A course I took with Prof. Graham Smith at the University of Michigan utterly changed my life. His course and Shearman's book opened the world of 16th C painting, sculpture and architecture to me and became a springboard for decades of further reading, research and travel. Shearman also headed the art history department at Harvard. His style, though erudite, is more accessible than Sydney Freedberg's.
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In this work, Shearman studies the notions of grace and sprezzatura, or perfect conduct or performance of something as an artistic endeavour, without apparent effort, as they are applied in mannerism, in the fine arts as well as literature and music. Shearman’s survey of art forms demonstrates how maniera or "mannered style" evokes a sense of that which is theatrical or dramatic, as well as meticulously refined, yet lacking in an overall theme. Shearman illustrates how mannerism fitted well to ...more
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Courtauld Institute Professor; scholar of Raphaël and Mannerism. Shearman was the son of Charles E. G. Shearman, a British army brigadier and amateur painter, and Evelyn White (Shearman). He attended St Edmund's school, Hindhead, and the Felsted School, in Essex, where his interests in studio art were encouraged by the headmaster. He became a painter of naturalistic landscapes and seascapes. ...more
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