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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Vaso Reversibile - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Vaso Reversibile
Design of a dress for rhetoric - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Design of a dress for rhetoric
The Autumn 2 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Autumn 2
The Lawyer - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Lawyer
Design of a dress for Music - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Design of a dress for Music
The Spring - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
The Spring
Spring (2) - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Spring (2)
Drawing of an elephant - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Drawing of an elephant
Project for a Costume, The Cook - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Project for a Costume, The Cook
Death of the Virgin - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Death of the Virgin
Headdress Design - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Headdress Design
Design of a dress for Astrology - Giuseppe Arcimboldo - www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org
Design of a dress for Astrology

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