Mannerism, Spirituality and Cognition: The Art Of Enargeia, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Mannerism, Spirituality and Cognition

The Art Of Enargeia, 1st Edition

By Lynette Bosch


168 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This book employs a new approach to the art of sixteenth-century Europe by incorporating rhetoric and theory to enable a reinterpretation of the origin of Mannerism as being grounded in sixteenth-century spirituality. 

Lynette Bosch examines the conceptual vocabulary found in sixteenth-century treatises on art from Giorgio Vasari to Federico Zuccari, which analyzes how language and spirituality complement the visual styles of Mannerism. By exploring the way in which writers from Leone Ebreo to Gabriele Paleotti describe the interaction between art and spirituality, Bosch establishes a religious base for the language of art in sixteenth-century Europe.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, Renaissance studies, religious studies, and religious history.

Table of Contents

Prologue. Mannerism (A Personal History)

Introduction. Approaching Mannerism

1. From the Ars Nova to the Maniera Moderna

2. From Lifelike to Living: Enargeia and the Maniera Moderna

3. Enargeia, Spirituality and Maniera: From St. Paul to Vasari

4. From Leone Ebreo to Federico Zuccari: God’s Plan for Art

5. Maniera: A History

Conclusion. Mannerism, Mysticism and Cognition

About the Author

Lynette M.F. Bosch, State University of New York Distinguished Professor and Chair, Art History Department, SUNY, Geneseo

About the Series

Visual Culture in Early Modernity

A forum for the critical inquiry of the visual arts in the early modern world, Visual Culture in Early Modernity promotes new models of inquiry and new narratives of early modern art and its history. We welcome proposals for both monographs and essay collections that consider the cultural production and reception of images and objects. The range of topics covered in this series includes, but is not limited to, painting, sculpture and architecture as well as material objects, such as domestic furnishings, religious and/or ritual accessories, costume, scientific/medical apparata, erotica, ephemera and printed matter. We seek innovative investigations of western and non-western visual culture produced between 1400 and 1800.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / History / General