Spring by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Cross stitch chart or kit from the Scarlet Quince Renaissance Fine Art Collection.
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 recognisable likeness of the portrait subject.
Arcimboldo's conventional work, on traditional religious subjects, has fallen into oblivion, but his portraits of human heads made up of vegetables, 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.
This piece is of a Renaissance "man" composed entirely from spring flowers and leaves. Though he appears realistic at a glance, his coat is made of lettuce, violet leaves, and other greens; his ruff is made of white flowers; his cheeks are roses; his lips are cherries, and so on. He is one of four seasons. (1573)
Approx: 19" x 16" or 49 x 41cm - when worked on 18ct.
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