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Mannerism

noun [U] uk   /ˈmæn.ər.ɪ.zəm/ us    /-ɚ-/ specialized
a style of 16th-century Italian art that did not follow traditional rules of painting and tried to represent an image of beauty that was perfect rather than natural: Mannerism is characterized by a distortion of proportions and perspective.
Mannerist
noun [C] uk   /-ɪst/ us  
Leading Mannerists include Parmigiano and Giulio Romano, whose pictures are painted in deep, rich colours.
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