Arcimboldo-Indian miniatures

Indian miniatures are one of the possible sources of Arcimboldo composite head. On them were represented by animals such as horses, elephants and camels made of a number of different creatures, which bears resemblance to the work of Arcimboldo. However, there is no evidence that these images could be known European painter in 1563, when it is considered that the resulting Arcimboldo first work of this kind. On the other hand, it is known that many European artists working in the Indian court, and it is possible that the impact actually flowed in the opposite way, or that similar phenomena accident occurred in two places independently of each other. In the Renaissance Italy certain artists rules are compositions made from real food – such as sculptures or other sugar structures made of different types of food, and is intended to facilities.

Too, are known examples of the carnival – like the wooden horse with the Milan festival that it had a different meat. However, according to sources, there is no real similarity between these designs and Arcimboldo painting. Leonardoesque tradition seems possible impact. In fact, one passage in Leonardo’s writings talk about how to make animal finto (fictitious creature) from parts of different animals, while Vasari, in his biography of the artist, talks about how this once painted the head of Medusa on the shield and it is for her use of different reptiles, snakes, worms, bats, butterflies. This way of fantastic creatures conclusion is a familiar theme in the Renaissance possessed by ancient motifs.

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For artists, for example, influenced the ancient writer Horace Ars Poetica his work, in which he described being with a man’s head on the body of a horse, with limbs covered with feathers, torso woman and a fish tail. This will become a common reference to the fantastic artists who wish to build something from the imagination, and also points to Mrs. So, whatever were his sources, Arcimboldo’s composite heads took the concept, and then further developed. Of a human head based on the nature of the study, and this composition is converted into a series of elements of the seasons, and – which is repeated several times, as well as other, distinct parts. The only image in the series dating back to Four Seasons the Year, and from 1563 – with cereals and vegetables, it is the wealth of this season, and Winter with lemon, bare trees, trees and ivy is its contrast. Image Spring is made of flowers and leaves, while the original painting Autumn lost. This series reflects the temperament linked to each season,


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