By Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

ISBN-10: 0226426866

ISBN-13: 9780226426860

In Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s most renowned work, grapes, fish, or even the beaks of birds shape human hair. A pear stands in for a man’s chin. Citrus end result sprout from a tree trunk that doubles as a neck. all types of common phenomena come jointly on canvas and panel to gather the unusual heads and faces that represent one among Renaissance art’s so much extraordinary oeuvres. the 1st significant learn in a new release of the artist in the back of those impressive work, Arcimboldo tells the singular tale in their creation. 

Drawing on his thirty-five-year engagement with the artist, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann starts with an summary of Arcimboldo’s existence and paintings, exploring the artist’s early years in sixteenth-century Lombardy, his grounding in Leonardesque traditions, and his tenure as a Habsburg courtroom portraitist in Vienna and Prague. Arcimboldo then trains its concentrate on the distinguished composite heads, imminent them as visible jokes with critical underpinnings—images that poetically demonstrate pictorial wit whereas conveying an allegorical message. as well as probing the humanistic, literary, and philosophical dimensions of those items, Kaufmann explains that they embrace their creator’s non-stop engagement with nature portray and typical background. He finds, in truth, that Arcimboldo painted many extra nature reports than students have realized—a discovering that considerably deepens present interpretations of the composite heads.

Demonstrating the formerly neglected value of those works to typical background and still-life portray, Arcimboldo eventually restores the artist’s really good visible jokes to their rightful position within the heritage of either technology and art.

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