Giuseppe Arcimboldo

1526-1593 Italy-Mannerism

 

Brief Biography-Giuseppe Arcimboldo was from Milan. His family was highly respected as it included archbishops, and his father Biagio was a painter who did work at the cathedral. When he was thirty-six he was appointed court painter to Ferdinand I in Vienna and subsequently became court painter to Maximillian II at the court in Prague. He was mostly noted for portrait heads made up of fruit, vegetables, plants and animals, some of them were in the form of palindromes. He did a series of wild life and nature studies. A considerable amount of his work was commissioned by the Emperor Rudolf which also included him being the court decorator.

 

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basket of fruit

head with basket of fruit

four seasons in one

 

the cook

the cook

air

air

Autumn

Autumn

Winter

Winter

Spring

Spring

Summer

Summer

Summer 1

Summer 1

The Fire

The Fire

The Water

The Water

Vertumnus

Vertimus

The Gardener

The Gardener

The Librarian

The Librarian

The Jurist

The Jurist

earth

earth

flora

flora

the waiter

the waiter

holy roman emperor

holy roman emperor maximilian two of austria and his wife infanta maria of spain with their children

saint john the baptist

saint john the baptist s head on a platter

the life of st john

scenes from the life of st john the baptist

daughter of ferdinand

bust of a daughter of ferdinand one

daughter of ferdinand

bust of a daughter of ferdinand one 2

archduchess johanna

archduchess johanna

archduchess anna

archduchess anna daughter of emperor maximilian two

Birds

Birds

Birds 1

Birds 1

Birds 2

Birds 2

Birds 3

Birds 3

Blackbuck

Blackbuck

Mammals 1

Mammals 1

Mammals

Mammals

Animals

Composition with Animals

Quail Dove

Blue-Headed Quail-Dove

Nature Studies 1

Nature Studies 1

Nature Studies 2

Nature Studies 2

Nature Studies 3

Nature Studies 3

Nature Studies 4

Nature Studies 4

Nature Studies 5

Nature Studies 5

Nature Studies 6

Nature Studies 6

Nature Studies 7

Nature Studies 7

Nature Studies 8

Nature Studies 8

Nature Studies 9

Nature Studies 9

Nature Studies 10

Nature Studies 10

Nature Studies 11

Nature Studies 11

Nature Studies

Nature Studies

Helmeted Curassow

Study of a Helmeted Curassow

A Lesser Kestrel

Study of a Lesser Kestrel and Flowers

Study of a Lizard

Study of a Lizard a Chameleon and a Salamander

Indian Mongoose

Study of an Indian Mongoose