Giuseppe Arcimboldo Biography
Born In: Milan, Italy
The Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo was among those who made their mark in the world of arts with their superlative skills. A man of surreal wit and visual humour, he carved the way for ‘mannerists’ during the era of ‘Mannerism’, which significantly emphasised on the bond between man and nature. With dexterous art skills he managed to make intricate paintings using fruits, vegetables, inanimate objects and even fishes as the portrait subject. Unfortunately his art work was misinterpreted after his death. Many artists, who came later, misunderstood Arcimboldo’s intellectual art for absurd paintings. It has been argued that he was so ahead of his time, that his art transcended the imagination of many. However, with the coming of the 19thcentury, his work came to the forefront and was appreciated by many an artist. His paintings were deemed unique and intriguing. His paintings defied the trends of the 16thcentury; today he is celebrated as one of the original ‘Old Masters’ of the ‘Mannerism Era.’ Though many of his paintings have strangely disappeared, yet the brilliance behind a few of his classics is enough to impress generations to come.