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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 end result sprout from a tree trunk that doubles as a neck. every kind of ordinary phenomena come jointly on canvas and panel to collect the unusual heads and faces that represent considered one of Renaissance art’s so much outstanding oeuvres. the 1st significant learn in a new release of the artist at the back of those striking 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 existence and paintings, exploring the artist’s early years in sixteenth-century Lombardy, his grounding in Leonardesque traditions, and his tenure as a Habsburg courtroom portraitist in Vienna and Prague. Arcimboldo then trains its specialise in the distinguished composite heads, impending them as visible jokes with severe 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 include their creator’s non-stop engagement with nature portray and ordinary historical past. He unearths, actually, that Arcimboldo painted many extra nature reviews than students have realized—a discovering that considerably deepens present interpretations of the composite heads.

Demonstrating the formerly missed significance of those works to traditional historical past and still-life portray, Arcimboldo eventually restores the artist’s fabulous visible jokes to their rightful position within the heritage of either technological know-how and art.

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For example, he could easily have seen some of Leonardo’s paintings in Milan: the Last Supper is found in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Leonardo’s legacy was being kept alive in Milan; his disciple and assistant Francesco Melzi had inherited the contents of his studio, including most of his manuscripts. 38 Bernardino Luini, another disciple and associate of Leonardo, probably also inherited some of Leonardo’s materials. 39 Lomazzo and later sources also say that another book with Leonardo’s drawings was owned by Giovanni Ambrogio Figino.

19 In the mid-1550s Arcimboldo also accomplished some minor tasks for other churches in Milan20 and, more important, also worked in other cities. A document of 28 May 1556 indicates that Meda (called Juseppe Lomazzo in the relevant documents) and Arcimboldo received a commission to paint the ceiling and wall of the south transept of the cathedral of Monza. This commission was ratified on 10 June in Monza, in the presence of Arcimboldo and Meda, supporting Meda’s later claim that he was Arcimboldo’s compagno.

Tasks set by the court may of course have determined what an artist in its employ was supposed to do, but in comparison with all other artists active at the Habsburg court, Arcimboldo was truly protean, to echo Comanini’s description of him. 57 Leonardo himself articulated the ideal of the universal painter that corresponds to the myriad activities in which he engaged. This ideal would certainly have been current in Milan during Arcimboldo’s youth, since it is expressed in Melzi’s compilation of the Treatise on Painting from Leonardo’s manuscripts.

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