This site is a preview of the
amazing works of Arcimboldo, a famous Italian artist whose works
is a great combination of faces and nature...
Giuseppe Arcimboldo(1527-1593) was born in Milan.
Arcimboldo began practicing as an artist when he was 22 years
old, working alongside his father Biagio, producing designs for
stained-glass windows for Milan Cathedral. Other early work includes
highly decorative and sumptuous tapestry designs, which hint at
the direction Arcimboldo's art would later take.
In 1563 Arcimboldo produced his first-known series of the Four
Seasons. That theme proved so popular with his imperial protectors
that Arcimboldo would be asked to paint it again and again. In
his first "spring," we see a perfectly recognizable
figure, although not one made up of ordinary flesh and blood,
but rather a mass of fresh flowers and spring greenery. The idea
of portraying the seasons as people was not new, and went back
to Roman times; what was new, however, was Arcimboldo's idea of
constructing each head out of natural objects appropriate to the
season: flowers for Spring, fruit for Summer, and so on. This
bold concept marked a turning point in Arcimboldo's artistic career,
and laid the foundations for his fame.
In 1591 he produced his masterpiece, Vertumnus, an allegorical
portrait of his master Rudolf II as the Roman god of metamorphoses
in nature and life, with Rudolf's face made up of fruit and flowers,
symbolising the perfect balance between nature and harmony that
his reign allegedly represented. Arcimboldo died in 1593.