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Water by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

    Water by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

    Water by Giuseppe Arcimboldo was created in 1566. The painting is in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien. The size of the work is 66,5 x 50,5 cm and is made as an oil on wood.

    Water features the most realistic depictions. A chaotic mess of sea creatures create a woman’s face. Her breast plate is a crab, turtle and lobster along with an octopus on her shoulder. The animals that make up her head are obscure but a clear crown is formed by the spines on the back of a fish and long pieces of coral. Almost seeming out of place, a pearl necklace lies across her neck framing her face and completing the pattern of order from confusion. She also wears a pearl earring.

    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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