A style that developed in the 16th century as a creation to the classical rationality and balanced harmony of the High Renaissance, characterized by the dramatic use of space and light, exaggerated color, elongated of figures, and distortions of perspective, scale, and proportions. Main subject is the human body. Figures are often exaggerated, elegant, shown in complex arrangements and twisted poses. There is a sense of instability which mirrors the unstable times contemporaries encountered during the Counter-Reformation. The style appears crowded, many artists used jarring colors. The classical proportions are rejected. Sometimes art works are hard to decipher and show a complex iconography.