The mannerism art style originated as a result of classicism and naturalism symbiosis. The standards of portraying the human nude in the art pieces of the Mannerist style were formed by Michelangelo and Raphael. The emphasis on style and technique in Mannerist artists often outweighed the subject matter and its meaning. This style is characterized by the nude portrayal in artificial poses. Such traits as artificiality, elegance, and artiness are common in the Mannerist style.
Graceful and elongated limbs, specifically styled faces, small heads, and complex poses, could be seen in the art pieces of this style. The figures appearing in such works might be seen as decorative arrangements located in indeterminate dimensions. Mannerist artists extended the limits of form and concept through their works. Not ordinary spatial relations, juxtapositions of unnatural and intense colors, scale abnormalities, and a mix of classic and antique are characteristic of this style.