An Italian Renaissance painter, Giuseppe Arcimboldo is known for his intricate paintings that combined inanimate or found objects into kaleidoscopic "composite heads". A 16th Century Mannerist tended to show close relationships between man and nature, as well as his own appreciation of nature. Among all Giuseppe Arcimboldo's paintings his surrealist portraits of human heads from vegetables fruit [1
Arcimboldo was born into a painter family in Milan and left Italy at the age of 36 to work at the imperial courts of the Habsburg rulers first for Maximilian II in Vienna and then for Rudolf II Prague. He was court painter for twenty-five years and created numerous portraits of the imperial family.
However, he is best known for the […] original portraits which consist of imaginatively arranged objects, plants, animals and animals, other elements of nature that fill the images with dense details that harmonize with a human Put together form. In addition to composite portraits of Habsburg rulers, he also made witty composite portraits of various professions, such as librarian, lawyer, cook and vegetable gardener, using objects related to each profession.
Let's look at some of the most notable paintings by Giuseppe Arcimboldo!
Selected Image: Giuseppe Arcimboldo – The Lawyer (detail), 1566. All images Creative Commons.