Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Portrait

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi; 1527 - July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books - that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognisable likeness of the portrait subject.

Arcimboldo was born in Milan in 1527, the son of Biagio, a painter who did work for the office of the Fabbrica in the Duomo. Arcimboldo was commissioned to do stained glass window designs beginning in 1549, including the Stories of St. Catherine of Alexandria vitrage at the Duomo. In 1556 he worked with Giuseppe Meda on frescoes for the Cathedral of Monza. In 1558, he drew the cartoon for a large tapestry of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, which still hangs in the Como Cathedral today.


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Autumn 1573 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Autumn 1573
Winter (4) - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Winter (4)
Spring (1) - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Spring (1)
The Fire 1566 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Fire 1566
The Sense of Smell - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Sense of Smell
Air - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Air
Portrait of Adam - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Portrait of Adam
Vertumnus - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Vertumnus
The Seasons Pic 4 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Seasons Pic 4
The Jurist 1566 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Jurist 1566
The Seasons Pic 2 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Seasons Pic 2
The Seasons Pic 1 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Seasons Pic 1

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