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1. A distinctive behavioral trait, especially one that calls attention to itself; an idiosyncrasy. See Synonyms at affectation.
2. Exaggerated or affected style in an art: films characterized by excessive artifice and mannerism.
3. Mannerism An artistic style of the late 1500s characterized by distortion of elements such as scale and perspective.

man′ner·ist n.
man′ner·is′tic adj.


A. ADJmanierista
B. Nmanierista mf
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No mannerist made these varied groups and diverse original single figures.
Nothing can be more dangerous for the fame of a professor of the fine arts, than to permit(if he can possibly prevent it) the character of a mannerist to be attached to him, or that he should be supposed capable of success only in a particular and limited style.
He also leads readers on an excursus about ruptures, changes, and evolutions: outline of the Medieval, the Renaissance, and the Mannerist discourse.
The image stands on a base beautifully carved in the Mannerist style with strapwork that is typically found in large 17th- and 18th-century Philippine colonial santo.
He transformed the church in a more illuminated and decorated space and rebuilt the faade overlooking Merchants Street in Mannerist style.
But his eclectic collection also includes outstanding Renaissance bronzes, works on paper, and northern mannerist paintings
Mannerist architects, designers, and carvers produced distinctive patterns of picture frames.
The concentration will be on two variations of Hongian shots, the two-shot and the group shot, and how each respectively provides examples of mannerist and classical approaches to mise-en-scene.
The Flemish panel, dated around 1520 and painted by Antwerp Mannerist Jan de Beer, depicts the unusual Nativity at Night on one side and on the other the Apocryphal tale of Joseph and the Suitors.
Last week John Kerry's peace process moved from its mannerist phase to something elsesomething very dangerous and destructive.
Its three brief parts entertain relations with one another that are much like the ones the novella as a whole entertains with the one that precedes it: they address each other elliptically and obliquely, in a dialogue that might best be described as mannerist in character.
Giambologna, for Jean Boulogne Giambologna (1529-1608), a Dutch sculptor known for his marble and bronze statuary in a late Renaissance or Mannerist style.