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Arcimboldo - Water

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ARCIMBOLDO - WATER The picture is of a head made up of many different sea features with a plain black background. It would be nearly impossible to name all the aquatic animals that make up this head. It seams as though there is a chest plate at the top of the body which is made of a crab and there are also shoulder plates which are made up by using a turtle and a large mussel, an octopus has also attached itself to the shoulder plates. Hanging around the neck there is a necklace made of pearls. ...read more.


There is an array of different colours used but only the coral and a lobster seam to be bright and really stand out. Arcimboldo has arranged this piece so that when you look at the picture you are not struck by individual features but the picture as a whole and I found that happened with me. Arcimboldo has used oil on limestone to create this picture and it seams as though he has built the picture up from the background and added layers as he painted. The ideas used are obviously derived from the sea and sea creatures and are created together in a harmonious way and it shows a sign of peace with so many different creatures layed together in harmony. ...read more.


I like this picture because Arcimboldo has incorporated so many different species into the image but it is still very clearly a face and shoulders. Also the message of peace is clearly illustrated and is constantly highlighted within the piece. Arcomboldo during his time was very famous during his lifetime but when he died he was soon forgotten. He was more or less completely forgotten until the 17th and 18th centuries and it was not until 1885 that a treatise by Dr. Carlo Casati appeared called Giuseppe Arcimboldo, pittore Milanese, in which he is mainly seen as a painter of portraits. His friends thought of him as a man of the "Sharpest intelligence" and someone who was "Extremely well read" and I think this really is illustrated within his paintings and drawings. ...read more.

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