Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted people by vegetables, flowers and animals

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted people by vegetables, flowers and animals Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593) was a great Italian artist, worked in the technique named “Mannerism”. He is best known for painting fantastic portraits made utterly of such different objects of inanimate nature as vegetables, fruits, flowers, animals and even books.

Like his father, Biagio Arcimboldo, the young Giuseppe Arcimboldo started his career as a painter and designer of frescoes at cathedrals of Milano when he was 21. In 1562, Arcimboldo became personal portraitist of the king Ferdinand I at the court of Habsburg dynasty in Vienna. Later, he also made portraits of the king Maximilian II and Rudolf II (his son). He was known also as decorator and costume designer. Elector of Saxony, Augustus, who called on Vienna in 1570 and 1573, appreciated Arcimboldo's works and ordered a copy of his "The Four Seasons". This picture Augustus own symbols of monarchy.

Arcimboldo's portraits of human beings totally made up of dozens of vegetables, fruits, roots of plants, trees and sea animals, were greatly admired by people of his age and nowadays remain a powerful source of fascination and contemplation.

If we look at the distance, his draws seem to be normal human portraits. Nevertheless, individual objects in each painting is actually overlapped together that creates from unlinked originally fragments various anatomical shapes. It seems that your imagination constructs these images itself. Moreover, when he assembled things in one painting, he never selected objects randomly.

Each used thing or object was connected by characterization. So, in the portrait named “The Librarian”, author took objects that signified the culture of reading books at his time, such as the special curtains that created intimate atmosphere in a library room. Apropos, the animal tails in role of the beard, were used as dusters. By utilizing daily things, the paintings were as portraits and still-life draws (nature morte) at the same time. Works of Giuseppe Archimboldo showed not only objects of nature and culture and humans, but also how densely they are related.

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