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Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

    Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

    Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo was created in 1573. The painting is in Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The size of the work is 67 x 50,8 cm and is made as an oil on panel.

    Arcimboldo has been the imperial court painter in Vienna and Prague since 1562. In addition to working as a portraitist, his work as a director and outfitter of courtly tournaments and wedding celebrations were praised. In 1563, however, a series of seasonal images emerged, on the uniqueness of which the painter’s retrofitting is based. Composed of plants (parts), the “summer” never shows the surface of a natural face at any point. Signature and dating are cleverly woven into the straw.

    The Artist: Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo was born in Milan. He was a conventional court painter of portraits for three Holy Roman Emperors in Vienna and Prague. He specialized in grotesque symbolical compositions of fruits, animals, landscapes, or various inanimate objects arranged into human forms. At a distance, his portraits looked like normal human portraits. However, individual objects in each portrait were actually overlapped together to make various anatomical shapes of a human. They were carefully constructed by his imagination… Read more

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