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As the 16th century develops the figures become more solid and three dimensional, and they are influenced by the study of anatomy, before becoming more elongated in mannerist style.
Early training in the mannerist style, which emphasized the decorative, was transformed by the styles of Venice, an innate sense of composition, and his genius as draftsman.
He identifies Rosso, Pontormo, and Bronzino as exponents of an experimental trend, characterizing Mannerist style as "an anachronistic construct" (39).