Monday, January 24, 2011

A 16th Century Picasso

A few weeks ago, none of us had ever heard of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. But there we were the other day, at the National Gallery of Art, staring at portraits of rulers from Prague and the Habsburg Court...portraits made out of fruits, vegetables, fish, animals, roots, trees, and other oddities. It's a wonder the guy wasn't beheaded!

And it's a wonder (at least to this fan of modern art) that Arcimboldo's work apparently went largely undiscovered for four hundred years.


PS: Click here for images of my favorite Arcimboldo portrait, which, when turned upside down, is a basket of fruit.


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