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Monday, July 22, 2013

You are what you eat!

Guiseppe Archimboldo lived during the 16th century (1526 - 1593) and was the appointed court painter to Holy Roman Emperors Maximilian and Rudolf II in Vienna. In his portraits instead of eyes, moths, noses and cheeks we see fruits, flowers, broken branches, fish, chicks and much else. Archimboldo's portraits were already celebrated by his contemporaries as jokes, however they reflect the serious scientific study of nature that was very characteristic for his time (16th century). 
In the illustration above Susan DiMarchi has used 15 - 20 fruits to create the portrait (papaya, pear, strawberry, raspberry, unripe Concord grapes, champagne grapes, tomatoes, watermelon, kiwi, star fruit, red banana, peach, nectarine, persimmon and Buddha fingers plus some more). This is a practice piece in preparation of her forthcoming class in our series of Drawing on tradition (Drawing on Tradition: Archimboldo - Nature and Fantacy) starting on September 12th. For more information and to register please click here

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