ObeliskGiuseppe Arcimboldo

Spring

La Primavera
Spring, 1563, Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Spring, zoomed in

Spring is an Oil on Canvas Painting created by Giuseppe Arcimboldo in 1563. It lives at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Spain. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Flowers and Portraits. SourceDownload

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Historians used to wonder if Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a madman, assembling human faces from vegetables and flowers. But Arcimboldo was just wildly creative. Spring is from his Four Seasons collection — a suite of paintings showcasing the literal fruits of the prosperous reign of Emperor Maximilian II. The Emperor loved the work so much, he had Arcimboldo reproduce the paintings multiple times, so he could send them to his friends and family.

Reed Enger, "Spring," in Obelisk Art History, Published October 05, 2015; last modified July 07, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/giuseppe-arcimboldo/spring/.

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