Wednesday, 31 March 2010
....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!!