Arcimboldo Giuseppe Summer

Arcimboldo Giuseppe Summer

Giuseppe Arcimboldo b Milan. 1527. d Milan. 1593
Summer. 1573. Oil on canvas. Musee du Louvre. Paris

Arcimboldo Giuseppe Summer

It has been made entirely of the fruits and vegetables of summer – pears, peaches, cherries and plums can all be found. While he often used fruits and vegetables to create his portraits, Arcimboldo was also known to use pots, pans and even workmen’s tools to create his weird images. His most important works were painted in Prague, where he was employed by a series of Hapsburg emperors.

Arcimboldo had other courtly duties besides painting, such as designing decorations for festivities, purchasing works of art for the Emperor’s collection and, strangely enough, designing and constructing waterworks. Arcimboldo’s paintings were looked upon as slightly silly, although they were imitated often enough. It was not until the Surrealists recognized a fellow artist who loved visual puns that he became popular.