maniera greca

(Italian: “Greek manner”). A term coined by Giorgio Vasari (1511–74) for 13th-century Italian painting that was influenced by Byzantine styles.  The maniera greca is characterized by gilded backgrounds, flattened space, and striations to suggest folds of fabric. Also known as the Italo-Byzantine style.

Cimabue_madonna_castefliorentinoCimabue. Castelfiorentino Madonna. Tempera on wood panel. 1280s. Museo di Santa Verdiana, Castelfiorentino, Italy.