Wednesday, 31 March 2010

You are what you eat...

....is the challenge at Three Muses this week.
When I saw what the challenge was I immediately thought that I could no better than Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Milan 1527 - 1593)  Italian painter. He began his career as a painter and designer of stained-glass windows for Milan Cathedral. In 1562 he moved to Prague and became court painter to the emperors Ferdinand I and Rudolf II. He also painted scenery for the court theatre and became skillful at illusionistic imagery containing allegorical meanings, puns, and jokes. He is known for his eccentric and grotesque Mannerist compositions of fruits, vegetables, animals, landscapes, and implements arranged to resemble human forms. The style was regarded as being in poor taste until the Surrealists revived the art of visual punning in the 1920s.
All I did was add an appropriate frame with the addition of the four pears in the corners as I really couldn't improve on the original!!

16 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Arcimboldo - What an amazing artist and a brilliant choice, Ali! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  2. ahhh, ali...great minds think alike. you chose the man and i picked the "summer" lady. this is great and the frame really makes it pop off the page!

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  3. Ali your frame has just done the trick though and thank you for so much interesting info on the great man himself.

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  4. Wonderful piece, Ali, love the frame & it just had to have the fruity corners for a perfect finish!

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  5. Perfect framing and embellishing of Arcimboldo's marvelous piece, Ali! Thanks for all the information. His work is really quite remarkable. Nice addition to the line-up this week!

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  6. Great tribute and perfect for the theme Ali!!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  7. Great frame for the famous painting, Ali.

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  8. there you go...i lived in milan more than 2 years and walked by the duomo everyday (it was about 2 blocks away) and didn't even know about him! he's looking very fruity these days!

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  9. oh wow Ali!!! a true masterpiece!!!! lovely work!!!

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  10. Great Ali you do come up with some ideas

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  11. This is so much fun!! Beautifull done!!!

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  12. WOW! Stunning fruit face

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  13. How interesting and what a great piece of art for sure!!! Love art history and this was a fun read and post! xoxo

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  14. I did a quilt of this painting last year. You can see it on my blog:

    http://priscillakibbee.blogspot.com/search?q=vegetable+man

    Priscilla Kibbee

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Ali xx