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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Gossart (again) and mannerism

By Blake Gopnik

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at

(Barber Institute, University of Birmingham)

Jan Gossart (again) - This time his 1517 "Hercules and Deianira," from the Barber Institute in England and on show in the Met's Gossart survey. The standard story has Gossart, like other northern artists, being influenced by the mandatory visit to Italy. But could the influence also run the other way? Slick, almost metallic surfaces; contrived elegance; serpentine lines and gracile bodies; cool but vibrant emotions - all the trademarks of Italian mannerism, on view in Gossart before it appears in Italian art. Could the so-called "late-Gothic mannerism" Gossart was trained in be at the root of the Italian version? (Some expert is sure to fill me in.)

By Blake Gopnik  | October 21, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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