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The World as a Labyrinth - Gustav René Hocke and the Fantastic Art Tradition


Fantastic Art

Mannerism is traditionally held to define an artistic period spanning the years c. 1520-1620. It startles and shocks the beholder with a deliberate emphasis on effect. Unlike the early Renaissance, which conveys a feeling of harmony, it strikes discords. Brain, heart and blood are in disequilibrium, says Hocke—in disharmony. This disharmony is fundamental to Mannerism, which to him suddenly becomes far more than just an art-historical epoch. It becomes an attitude to life.