Self Portrait, 1570
Known for his fantastic faces and bodies made up of vegetables, trees, fruits, fish, and the like. He had the type of artistic curiosity produced in times of cultural and political upheaval (as much in the late 20th century as in the late 16th century). He worked mainly in Prague, fulfilling the orders of Rudolf II, was addicted to alchemy and astrology. In 1587 Arcimboldo returned to Milan.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s major works are Fire, 1566 (Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum); The Librarian, 1566 (Balsta, Sweden: Skoklosters Slott); Spring, Summer, Autumn,and Winter (series of four), 1573 (Paris: Musée du Louvre).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.