Comparing Bronzino's Venus In Venus, Folly, And Time

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Mannerism portrays the artists’ efforts to show their efforts in creating the art, whereas the early to late Renaissance artists worked to make their art appear as natural as possible with light and shadows, contrapposto and foreshortening. Mannerist painters, in essence, displayed their “construction”, or layout for viewers to see. The mannerist’s paintings look imbalanced and very complex—visually and ideally. Themes are twisted into unusual forms and shapes, so it seems that mannerist art rebels against the gentle and balanced ambience the Renaissance art depicted. One example of mannerist art is Bronzino’s Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time, ca. 1546. There is an unusual sexual mood between the pubescent Cupid and his mother Venus, while
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