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Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi) (1527 – July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books — that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognizable likeness of the portrait subject.

Arcimboldo was born in Milan in 1527, the son of Biagio, a painter who did work for the office of the Fabbrica in the Duomo. Arcimboldo was commissioned to do stained glass window designs beginning in 1549, including the Stories of St. Catherine of Alexandria vitrage at the Duomo. In 1556 he worked with Giuseppe Meda on frescoes for the Cathedral of Monza. In 1558, he drew the cartoon for a large tapestry of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, which still hangs in the Como Cathedral today.

In 1562 he became court portraitist to Ferdinand I at the Habsburg court in Vienna, and later, to Maximilian II and his son Rudolf II at the court in Prague. He was also the court decorator and costume designer. King Augustus of Saxony, who visited Vienna in 1570 and 1573, saw Arcimboldo's work and commissioned a copy of his "The Four Seasons" which incorporates his own monarchic symbols.

Arcimboldo's conventional work, on traditional religious subjects, has fallen into oblivion, but his portraits of human heads made up of vegetables, plants, fruit, sea creatures and tree roots, were greatly admired by his contemporaries and remain a source of fascination today. Art critics debate whether these paintings were whimsical or the product of a deranged mind. A majority of scholars hold to the view, however, that given the Renaissance fascination with riddles, puzzles, and the bizarre (see, for example, the grotesque heads of Leonardo da Vinci), Arcimboldo, far from being mentally imbalanced, catered to the taste of his times.

Arcimboldo died in Milan, to which he retired after leaving the Prague service. It was during this last phase of his career that he produced the composite portrait of Rudolph II (see above), as well as his self-portrait as the Four Seasons. His Italian contemporaries honored him with poetry and manuscripts celebrating his illustrious career.

When the Swedish army invaded Prague in 1648, during the Thirty Years' War, many of Arcimboldo's paintings were taken from Rudolf II's collection.

His works can be found in Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Habsburg Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck, the Louvre in Paris, as well as numerous museums in Sweden. In Italy, his work is in Cremona, Brescia, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, the Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado, the Menil Foundation in Houston, Texas, the Candie Museum in Guernsey and the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid also own paintings by Arcimboldo.

The bizarre works of Arcimboldo, especially his multiple images, were rediscovered in the early 20th century by Surrealist artists like Salvador Dalí. The exhibition entitled “The Arcimboldo Effect” at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice (1987) included numerous 'double meaning' paintings. Arcimboldo's influence can also be seen in the work of Shigeo Fukuda, István Orosz, Octavio Ocampo, and Sandro del Prete, as well as the films of Jan Švankmajer.

His painting, Water, was used as the cover of the album Masque by the progressive rock band Kansas.

A detail from Flora was used on the cover of the 2009 album Bonfires on the Heath by The Clientele.

The 'soup genie' character Boldo in the 2008 animated film The Tale of Despereaux, is composed of vegetables.

Arcimboldo's surrealist imagination is visible also in fiction. The first and last sections of 2666, Roberto Bolaño's last novel, concern a fictional German writer named Archimboldi, who takes his pseudonym from Arcimboldo.

The 1994 short story The Coming of Vertumnus by Ian Watson counterpoints the innate surrealism of the eponymous work against a drug-induced altered mental state.

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo (également orthographié Arcimboldi) (1527 - 11 Juillet 1593) est un peintre italien connu pour la création de portrait imaginaire chefs entièrement d'objets tels que fruits, légumes, fleurs, poissons, et des livres - qui est, il peint des représentations de ces objets sur la toile disposée de telle sorte que l'ensemble des objet...
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo (auch buchstabiert Arcimboldi) (1527 - 11. Juli 1593) war ein italienischer Maler am besten für die Erstellung von fantasievollen Porträt bekannt Köpfe vollständig aus solchen Objekten gemacht Obst, Gemüse, Blumen, Fisch, und Bücher - das heißt, malte er Darstellungen von diese Objekte auf der Leinwand angeordnet derart, dass di...
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo (scritto anche Arcimboldi) (1527 - 11 luglio 1593) è stato un pittore italiano noto soprattutto per la creazione di ritratto fantasioso capi realizzati interamente di oggetti come frutta, verdura, fiori, pesci, e libri - che è, dipinse rappresentazioni di questi oggetti sulla tela disposte in modo tale che tutta la collezione di...
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo (también deletreado Arcimboldi) (1527 - 11 de julio 1593) fue un pintor italiano más conocido por la creación imaginativa cabezas retrato hecho enteramente de objetos tales como frutas, verduras, flores, peces, y libros - es decir, pintaba representaciones de estos objetos en el lienzo dispuestas de tal manera que toda la colecc...
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo (também escrito Arcimboldi) (1527 - 11 de julho de 1593) foi um pintor italiano mais conhecido pela criação cabeças imaginativas do retrato feito inteiramente de objetos tais como frutas, legumes, flores, peixes e livros - ou seja, ele pintou representações de esses objetos na tela dispostos de tal forma que toda a coleção de ob...
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Джузеппе Арчимбольдо (также пишется Arcimboldi) (1527 - 11 июля 1593) был итальянский художник самым известным за создание творческого портрета главы сделанный полностью из таких объектов, как фрукты, овощи, цветы, рыб, и книги, - то есть, он нарисовал представления эти объекты на полотне расположены таким образом, что весь набор объектов формирует...
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朱塞佩Arcimboldo(拼写Arcimboldi)(1527 - 1593年7月11日,)是意大利画家最出名的是创造富有想象力的肖像头,这样的对象,如水果,蔬菜,花卉,鱼,和书籍完全的 - 这是他画的交涉在这样一种方式,对象的整个集合形成一个可辨认肖像的肖像主体安排在画布上的这些对象。 Arcimboldo是在1527年出生在米兰,比亚焦的儿子,一个画家在大教堂Fabbrica办公室工作。 Arcimboldo是委托做彩色玻璃窗设计,在1549年开始,包括在大教堂的圣凯瑟琳亚历山大vitrage故事。 1556年,他曾与朱梅达蒙扎大教堂的壁画。在1558年,他画的圣母玛利亚,今天仍挂在科莫大教堂Dormition的大型挂毯的卡通。 在1562年,他成为费迪南德我在维也纳的哈布斯堡法院的法...
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ジュゼッペアルチンボルド(Arcimboldiも綴る)(1527 - 1593年7月11日)は果物、野菜、花、魚、そして書籍などのオブジェクトだけから作られた想像力豊かな肖像ヘッドを作成するための最もよく知られているイタリア人画家だった - つまり、彼はの表現を描いたキャンバス上でこれらのオブジェクトは、オブジェクトのコレクション全体が縦長の被写体の認識可能な肖像を形成するように配置。 アルチンボルドは、1527年にミラノでビアーの息子、ドゥオーモのFabbricaのオフィスのための仕事をした画家が生まれた。アルチンボルドは、ドゥオーモでアレクサンドリアvitrageの聖キャサリンのストーリーを含め、1549年に開始ステンドグラスの窓の設計を行うよう依頼された。 1556年に彼はモンツァの大...
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