Artworks and Real Things by Arthur C.Danto

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Ticeship as 39 salviati Charity, c.

It is invariably accompanied by rich decoration, and often by elaborate illusionism. In sculpture, it is discerned in the change from High Renaissance frontality and simplicity of presentation to a search for multiplicity of views and silhouette, elongation of forms, and exaggerated effects of perspective and scale in reliefs. A Mannerist statue must be walked round, for all its angles of view are equally important. But it is quite clear that this definition cannot possibly describe all the works of art produced during the greater part of the sixteenth century, even in Rome and Florence, which are the true homes of Mannerism; there is a very great deal that escapes the net.

Giulio's other Mantuan works were decorations in the vast warren of the old Castello - the Reggia - where among other things, he painted a room has a vaulted ceiling above and Giulio here invented the perspective illusion of scenes taking place in an imaginary space above eye level. His incidents from the Siege of Troy are set on the cornice, and the centre of the ceiling is filled with clouds in which float zephyrs and other figures, while on the walls below the cornice are histories of Troy conceived in the more usual manner as flat pictures.

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