|What the Mannerists were up against,|
The Libyan Sibyl, 1506, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo
|Venus of Urbino, 1538, Titian, a meager attempt to out-Raphael Raphael.|
|Tintoretto takes on the godfather of the Renaissance, with his|
Paradise, 1588 (Ducall Palace, Venice); a "second coming" attempting to
compete with Michelangelo's Last Judgment, 1537-41 (Sistine Chapel, Vatican).
|Mannerist sculptors went after the legend of Michelangelo as well,|
as seen here in Gianbologna's spiraling Rape of the Sabine Women, 1583.