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Giuseppe Arcimboldo

 (1527 - 1593)
Giuseppe Arcimboldo was active/lived in Italy.  Giuseppe Arcimboldo is known for portrait heads styled with fruit, floral and vegetable objects.

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Italian (1527-1593)

One of the most bizarre and distinctive painters in the whole of art history, Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593) owes his reputation to the series of composite portraits of heads made up of a variety of objects, both natural and man-made.  Most of these paintings were created at the court of Rudolf II, who hired Arcimboldo as his court painter, placing him at the center of Rudolf's eccentric menagerie of artists, scientists and charlatans.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was born in Milan in 1527 into a highly distinguished family, which boasted archbishops (including his grandfather), jurists and artists (including his father Biagio).  Little is known about his early life, but his connectiorogallery.com   ...  Displaying 763 of 2115 characters.

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Vertumnus 1590/91 (oil on wood)
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Reversible anthropomorphic portrait of a man composed of fruit
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An allegory of death
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