March 4, 2017

Arcimboldo: Visual Jokes, Natural History, and Still-Life by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

By Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

In Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s most renowned work, grapes, fish, or even the beaks of birds shape human hair. A pear stands in for a man’s chin. Citrus culmination sprout from a tree trunk that doubles as a neck. every kind of traditional phenomena come jointly on canvas and panel to gather the unusual heads and faces that represent one among Renaissance art’s so much amazing oeuvres. the 1st significant examine in a new release of the artist in the back of those outstanding work, Arcimboldo tells the singular tale in their creation. 

Drawing on his thirty-five-year engagement with the artist, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann starts off with an outline of Arcimboldo’s lifestyles and paintings, exploring the artist’s early years in sixteenth-century Lombardy, his grounding in Leonardesque traditions, and his tenure as a Habsburg court docket portraitist in Vienna and Prague. Arcimboldo then trains its specialize in the distinguished composite heads, imminent them as visible jokes with critical underpinnings—images that poetically show pictorial wit whereas conveying an allegorical message. as well as probing the humanistic, literary, and philosophical dimensions of those items, Kaufmann explains that they embrace their creator’s non-stop engagement with nature portray and usual heritage. He unearths, in truth, that Arcimboldo painted many extra nature reports than students have realized—a discovering that considerably deepens present interpretations of the composite heads.

Demonstrating the formerly neglected value of those works to average background and still-life portray, Arcimboldo ultimately restores the artist’s amazing visible jokes to their rightful position within the historical past of either technology and art.

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