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The many faces of Giuseppe Arcimboldo's work

A show at the National Gallery gives us almost all the surviving oil paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a Renaissance painter best known for his portraits built from fruits and vegetables and beasts. He was also one of the first painters of free-standing still lifes.

 
 

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo's "Spring," in a version painted in 1573 and now in the Louvre in Paris. In this image, the portrait of the personified season, built entirely from spring flowers, looks relatively reasonable. You could argue that Arcimboldo's at his best when the still-life aspect is so strong that the portrait suffers.


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