The Art of Giuseppe Arcimboldo

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Aren’t they fascinating?  Look at the detail.  You could get lost in trying to de-code the images.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a 16th century  Italian painter who became court portraitist to the Habsburg court in Vienna, and later, to Maximilian II and his son Rudolf II at the court in Prague.

He came back into vogue in the early 20th century, when he was “rediscovered” by the surrealists, who saw him as a precursor to surrealist sensibilities.   The East Wing of the National Gallery of Art staged an Arcimboldo exhibition two or three years ago, featuring 16 of these vegetable portaits.   That has been there only appearance in the United States.

See many more images.

Two good sites for more images and information are Giuseppe Arcimboldo  and La Tutt’Art@

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