The Late Renaissance And Mannerism
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In Italy, the High Renaissance virtually ended with the death of Raphael in 1520, and within a generation the classical perfection of the early sixteenth century was supplanted by new and very different ideals. The Renaissance forms lingered on in Venice, but elsewhere the nervous and refined sensibility summed up in the word „Mannerism” predominated. Linda Murray describes the extremely important part Michelangelo played in the transition from the simplicity of early High Renaissance art to the more complex and sophisticated style of the later sixteenth century.