Thursday, March 22, 2007
I like to collect book images and bookish things and have a book in my personal collection about the artwork of Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. He was a court painter for the Hapsburg Emperors Ferdinand I and Maximilian II and painted many formal portraits, but found a niche market amongst the royals for allegorical portraits. Arcimboldo's fanciful "The Librarian" is displayed here and shows a man constructed of books. Other works along this theme include gardeners made of vegetables, cooks made of meat, admirals made of fish and other works which seem to be simple still life scenes until one views them upside-down and they transform.
You can admire other Arcimboldo images at Olga's Gallery.