21 Facts About Giuseppe Arcimboldo


Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a conventional court painter of portraits for three Holy Roman Emperors in Vienna and Prague, producing religious subjects and, among other things, a series of coloured drawings of exotic animals in the imperial menagerie.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo specialized in grotesque symbolical compositions of fruits, animals, landscapes, or various inanimate objects arranged into human forms.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo's works showed not only nature and human beings, but how closely they were related.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo criticized rich people's misbehavior and showed others what happened at that time through his art.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo died in Milan, where he had retired after leaving the Prague service.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo tried to show his appreciation of nature through his portraits.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo's works are used by some psychologists and neuroscientists to determine the presence of lesions in the hemispheres of the brain that recognize global and local images and objects.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo did not leave written certificates on himself or his artwork.


Archimboldo's relation with surrealism was emphasized at landmark exhibitions in New York and in Venice where Giuseppe Arcimboldo's allegories were presented.


In spite of the fact that very few works of Giuseppe Arcimboldo are available in the art market, their auction cost is in the range of five to 10 million dollars.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo's works are stored in the state museums and private collections of Italy, France, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, and in the US.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo speaks double language, at the same time obvious and obfuscatory; he creates "mumbling" and "gibberish", but these inventions remain quite rational.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo was born in the late Renaissance, and his first works were done in a traditional Renaissance manner.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo, making a start from concetti, painted metaphorical and fantastic pictures, extremely typical for manneristic art.


The key to reconstruction of Giuseppe Arcimboldo's outlook seemed to them to be in the symbolism of court celebrations staged by the artist, and in his allegorical series.


Kauffman in general was skeptical about attribution of works by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, and recognized as undoubted originals only four pictures, those with a signature of the artist.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo based the interpretation on the text of the unpublished poem by J Fonteo "The picture Seasons and Four Elements of the imperial artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo".


Giuseppe Arcimboldo appears in the works of Francisco de Quevedo.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo's painting Water was used as the cover of the 1975 album Masque by the progressive rock band Kansas, and was shown on the cover of the 1977 Paladin edition of Thomas Szasz's The Myth of Mental Illness.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo is referenced in the 2020 revival of the Animaniacs, Episode 4, as the main characters create a sculpture of him made of fruit.