Art for the age of petroleum
Posted: 13 Jun 2014 @ 00:14
Nicholas Cranfield on powerhouses of the
GIUSEPPE ARCIMBOLDO (1526-93) may not exactly be a household
name, but he is the witty and bizarre Italian painter best known
for painting portrait heads from a mix of fruit and veg., flowers,
and all manner of things. Nothing is ever quite as it seems, and
there is a degree of mischief as well as brilliance in all his
allegorical work (although he undertook more conventional
commissions that have fallen into oblivion).
Surprisingly, he became the imperial court painter to ...
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