Sometimes it's fun to revisit different art movements to look for aspects that relate to contemporary work. Here are three Mannerist artists I've spent time with lately whose paintings were puzzling, surreal and expressive.

The Mannerism movement includes work created in Italy between the Renaissance and Baroque periods around 1520-1580.  This was a time when the role of the artist was evolving from craftsperson to intellectual. On the surface the paintings from this period look quite traditional however the Mannerist artists were focused on more surreal subject. Through distorted rooms, odd proportions, increased expression, and a little showing off these artists were pushing past the tradition of accuracy.