Painting of the Italian artist Alessandro Allori “Portrait of a Young Man”. The size of the picture is 55 x 43 cm, wood, oil. In the 1540s and further to the end of the 16th century Mannerism goes beyond the Italian Florentine-Roman circle and by the end of the century becomes the dominant trend in the court art of Italy both in the north of the country – in Milan and in the south – in Naples, only in painting, but also in sculpture, partly in architecture.
The art of mature Mannerism, formed on the basis of the anti-Renaissance aspirations of early Mannerism, not only opposes the
The confusion, the pessimistic breakdown of early Mannerism give way to a cold officiality; Aesthetic ideals take on an increasingly abstract, lifeless character, are entirely subordinated to a deliberately arbitrary formal scheme – the “manner”, as theorists of that time call it; the creativity of the artist is bound by a whole system of dogmas and canons. By the end of the 16th century, the manoristic trend in art completely reveals its infertility and comes to a standstill.