Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Giuseppe Arcimboldo - Self Portrait - Google Art Project.jpg
Born1527
Died(1593-07-11)11 July 1593 (aged 66–67)
Milan, Duchy of Milan
NationalityItalian
Known forPainting
Notable work
The Librarian, 1566

Vertumnus, 1590–1591

Flora, ca. 1591

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe artʃimˈbɔldo];[1] also spelled Arcimboldi) (1526 or 1527 – 11 July 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books.

These works form a distinct category from his other productions. He was a conventional court painter of portraits for three Holy Roman Emperors in Vienna and Prague, also producing religious subjects and, among other things, a series of coloured drawings of exotic animals in the imperial menagerie. He specialized in grotesque symbolical compositions of fruits, animals, landscapes, or various inanimate objects arranged into human forms.[2]

The still-life portraits were clearly partly intended as whimsical curiosities to amuse the court, but critics have speculated as to how seriously they engaged with Renaissance Neo-Platonism or other intellectual currents of the day.

  1. ^ Luciano Canepari. "Arcimboldo". DiPI Online (in Italian). Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  2. ^ Oxford illustrated encyclopedia. Judge, Harry George., Toyne, Anthony. Oxford [England]: Oxford University Press. 1985–1993. p. 21. ISBN 0-19-869129-7. OCLC 11814265.CS1 maint: others (link)

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