Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1563
🏛🏛 Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
🎬🎬 Background: In 1563, Arcimboldo began painting his collection of the Four Seasons and elements (Earth, Water, Fire and Air), which he offered to Emperor Maximilian II on New Year’s Day 1569. Historically, the 16th century represented the dawn of scientific disciplines such as botany or zoology. In this scientific context of the Renaissance, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Arcimboldo’s predecessor, undertook natural studies. Similarly, Arcimboldo’s compositions reflect a scientific understanding that mirrored his patron’s knowledge and culture. According to Lucia Tomasi, art historian at University of Pisa, “Every plant, every grass, every flower is recognizable from a scientific point of view. That’s not a joke. It’s knowledge.” 🌞🌝 How to look at it: This painting is a fun composition full of puns. For example, the ear of Summer is made of corn and his nose is a pickle. If you look closely at this assemblage, you will notice that the date of the painting and Arcimboldo’s signature are interwoven into the garment of Summer. And don’t forget that summer symbolises Fire 🔥 🎨🎨 Arcimboldo’s style: This Italian painter was best known for his imaginative portrait heads made of fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books. He masterfully arranged his compositions on the canvas in such a way that the whole formed a unified likeness of the subject. #art #artistsoninstagram #artwork #earth #classical #food #classicalart #classicalartwork #artist #artistoninstagram #museum #kunsthistorischesmuseum #vienna #nature #masterpiece #composition #collage #colour #artthatfeeds #artthatinspires.