GIUSEPPE ARCIMBOLDO

Italian painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo is best known for his imaginative portraits of human heads made of vegetables, fruits, tree roots, flowers, fish, and books! His two most famous series are Four Seasons and Four Elements. The portraits of these series were greatly admired and remain a source of fascination today. Much of his artwork was lost for a time and rediscovered in the 20th century by Surrealist artists, who naturally adored his work. Born in Milan, Arcimboldo was the son of a painter, which granted him easy exposure to the arts. He began his professional life designing stained glass windows and working on frescoes for the Cathedral of Monza. He also designed a cartoon for a large tapestry which still hands in the Como Cathedral. Arcimboldo also worked as a court portraitist, decorator, and customer designer for Ferdinand I and other aristocrats. Fun fact: psychologists use his works to determine the presence of lesions in the visual side of the brain!

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