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Giuseppe Arcimboldo Paintings

Updated on October 7, 2014

Giuseppe Arcimboldo Portraits with Fruits and Vegetables

Giuseppe Arcimboldo paintings are easily recognizable by their sheer uniqueness. This 16th century Italian painter painted individual objects like fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers, and books to create life-like portraits.

I recently visited the Philip Haas art exhibit on display at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Haas has created very large sculptures of the four seasons--Spring is show here--based on Giuseppe Arcimboldo's paintings.

These three-dimensional works of art bring the wonderful paintings to life.

The Haas exhibit was on display at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden in April 2013. Each sculpture is 15 feet tall. These works of art are stunning against the backdrop of the blue desert sky and cactus and other plants.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

The Life of Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was born in 1527 in Milan, Italy. He first made stained glass window designs and cathedral frescoes.

He worked as a court portraitist

in Vienna and Prague.

Later in life his self portrait was depicted in

The Four Seasons (shown on this page).

Arcimboldo died in 1593.

Source: Guiseppe Arcimboldo biography

~*~ Summer ~*~ Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Summer by Philip Haas Based on the Portrait by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Summer by Philip Haas Based on the Portrait by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Summer by Philip Haas Based on the Portrait by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

~*~*~ Autumn ~*~*~ Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Autumn Sculpture by Philip Haas Based on the Autumn Painting by Giuseppe Arcimbolo

Autumn Sculpture by Philip Haas Based on the Autumn Painting by Giuseppe Arcimbolo
Autumn Sculpture by Philip Haas Based on the Autumn Painting by Giuseppe Arcimbolo

~*~*~ Winter ~*~*~ Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Winter Sculpture by Philip Haas Based on the Winter Portrait by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Winter Sculpture by Philip Haas Based on the Winter Portrait by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Winter Sculpture by Philip Haas Based on the Winter Portrait by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Influence of Arcimboldo on Artists

Arcimboldo's work influenced these artists:

Shigeo Fukuda, Istvan Orosz, Octavio Ocampo, and Sandro del Prete, and filmmaker Jan Svankmajer.

Stickers, Wall Decals, Cross Stitch Kit of Arcimboldo Art - Live with These Fascinating Portraits on Your Walls

Autumn By Arcimboldo Counted Cross Stitch Kit
Autumn By Arcimboldo Counted Cross Stitch Kit

Autumn is a slower time and is shown in Arcimboldo's muted earth tones of his Autumn piece. This counted cross stitch kit would be a perfect gift (finished by you or for someone to make).

 

Are You a Fan of Giuseppe Arcimboldo? - Had You Seen His Art Before Now?

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      angharad 

      5 years ago

      Yes, I had seen his art before, and I've always thought it was very unusual and clever.

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      Darcie French 

      5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      This is the first I've seen the unique art of Guiseppe Arcimboldo

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      burntchestnut 

      5 years ago

      I saw a book of his artwork years ago and was impressed. He's so innovative!

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      seosmm 

      5 years ago

      Very Nice Lens. Happy Holidays!

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