Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter best known for creating ingenious portraits made completely out of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books. From a far, his portraits look like normal human portraits. However on close examination it can clearly be seen how individual objects are actually overlapped together to make various anatomical shapes of a human. They are carefully constructed entirely by his imagination. The method is such that there is no randomness in picking objects. Objects are methodically classified and used as per the subject of the painting. In the portrait called the The Librarian, he has used objects that signified the book culture at that time or in the painting Water sea creatures are used. By using everyday objects he managed to merge the portraits with still-life paintings. His works showed the close association and resemblance of human beings and nature.

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