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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Earth  c.1570 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Earth c.1570
Seated Figure of Summer  1573 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Seated Figure of Summer 1573
Spring 1573 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Spring 1573
Cathedral of Milan. Sta. Catherine spoke with the emperor... - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Cathedral of Milan. Sta. Catherine spoke with the emperor...
The Four Seasons in One Head - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Four Seasons in One Head
Design of a dragon costume for horse - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Design of a dragon costume for horse
The Lady of Good Taste - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Lady of Good Taste
Summer 1563 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Summer 1563
The Autumn - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Autumn
Vegetables - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Vegetables
Flora - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Flora
Summer (4) (detail) - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Summer (4) (detail)

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