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News 2011: (US) Arcimboldo's Feast for the Eyes -- Smithsonian Magazine

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2011 - 01:35 AM

(Although not directly music related, this article may be of interest to some -- ed.)

The job of a renaissance court portraitist was to produce likenesses of his sovereigns to display at the palace and give to foreign dignitaries or prospective brides.

It went without saying the portraits should be flattering. Yet, in 1590, Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted his royal patron, the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, as a heap of fruits and vegetables (opposite). With pea pod eyelids and a gourd for a forehead, he looks less like a king than a crudité platter.

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