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Arcimboldo Giuseppe

(1537—93).

Milanese painter sometimes considered an ancestor of the Surrealists by virtue of his fantasy portrait heads; these are made up of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fragments of landscape, birds, animals, human bodies, tools, weapons, etc. Worked (in conventional style) at Milan cathedral and as painter to the Hapsburg court at Prague (1562—87).

 


Spring
1573
Oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm
Musee National du Louvre, Paris

 
 

 

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