Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Four Seasons

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Four Seasons

 

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi) (1526 or 1527 – July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books.

Vertumnus is a painting by Mannerist painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo produced in Milan c. 1590-1591. The painting is Arcimboldo’s most famous work and is a portrait of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II re-imagined as Vertumnus, the Roman god of metamorphoses in nature and life; the fruits and vegetables symbolize the abundance of the Golden Age that has returned under the Emperor’s rule.

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