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Arcimboldo: Visual Jokes, Natural History, and Still-Life Painting #2020

Arcimboldo Visual Jokes Natural History and Still Life Painting In Giuseppe Arcimboldo s most famous paintings grapes fish and even the beaks of birds form human hair A pear stands in for a man s chin Citrus fruits sprout from a tree trunk that doubles as a nec

  • Title: Arcimboldo: Visual Jokes, Natural History, and Still-Life Painting
  • Author: Thomas Kaufmann
  • ISBN: 9780226426860
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Arcimboldo: Visual Jokes, Natural History, and Still-Life Painting By Thomas Kaufmann, In Giuseppe Arcimboldo s most famous paintings, grapes, fish, and even the beaks of birds form human hair A pear stands in for a man s chin Citrus fruits sprout from a tree trunk that doubles as a neck All sorts of natural phenomena come together on canvas and panel to assemble the strange heads and faces that constitute one of Renaissance art s most striking oeuvres.In Giuseppe Arcimboldo s most famous paintings, grapes, fish, and even the beaks of birds form human hair A pear stands in for a man s chin Citrus fruits sprout from a tree trunk that doubles as a neck All sorts of natural phenomena come together on canvas and panel to assemble the strange heads and faces that constitute one of Renaissance art s most striking oeuvres The first major study in a generation of the artist behind these remarkable paintings, Arcimboldo tells the singular story of their creation Drawing on his thirty five year engagement with the artist, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann begins with an overview of Arcimboldo s life and work, exploring the artist s early years in sixteenth century Lombardy, his grounding in Leonardesque traditions, and his tenure as a Habsburg court portraitist in Vienna and Prague Arcimboldo then trains its focus on the celebrated composite heads, approaching them as visual jokes with serious underpinnings images that poetically display pictorial wit while conveying an allegorical message In addition to probing the humanistic, literary, and philosophical dimensions of these pieces, Kaufmann explains that they embody their creator s continuous engagement with nature painting and natural history He reveals, in fact, that Arcimboldo painted many nature studies than scholars have realized a finding that significantly deepens current interpretations of the composite heads Demonstrating the previously overlooked importance of these works to natural history and still life painting, Arcimboldo finally restores the artist s fantastic visual jokes to their rightful place in the history of both science and art.

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    1. A Brilliant Visit with Giuseppe ArcimboldoGiuseppe Arcimboldo 1527 1593 is an artist not known for masterpiece of the past, yet there are probably very few people who have not encountered his art, so popular has been his imagery through the ages This current book, complete with copious color plates of excellent reproduction of his art, is well written by art historian Thomas daCosta Kaufmann, probably the preeminent authority on this fascinating artist In many ways Kaufmann makes this art book r [...]

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