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Arcimboldo Styled Self-Portrait

High School Art

Carrie Smith

on 17 September 2014

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Transcript of Arcimboldo Styled Self-Portrait

Renaissance Art
During the Renaissance, some artists were hired by very powerful families to paint their portraits. They were called court artists.
One famous court artist is Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593) was born in Milan, Italy and is well know for his peculiar and bizarre pictures. His paintings were created for patrons such as Emperors of Austria and members of their court.
Arcimboldo painted in a very unique style called
Mannerism means showing a close relationship between humans and nature.
For example, Arcimboldo painted the Roman Emperor Rudolf II.
This is Rudolf's portrait, but it is
an Arcimboldo work of art.
Let's see how Arcimboldo painted him . . .
Luckily, Rudolf II had a good sense of humor! He loved this painting of himself.
Rudolf II is painted as Vertumnus,
the ancient Roman god of vegetation
and transformation.
His portrait is made up of fruits,
flowers, and vegetables.
Arcimboldo also painted portraits of people who worked for the Emperors.
The Librarian
The Lawyer
Carefully, look at all the details. Arcimboldo never chose random objects for his paintings. There was always a connection to the subject.
This is a painting of the vegetable gardener.
Right side up
Upside down
Arcimboldo did a series of paintings called The Four Seasons.
Which one represents spring? summer? autumn? winter?
Hint: The subject ages through the seasons.
He also did a series called
The Four Elements.
This painting represents

and is made of birds.
This painting represents
and is made of land animals.
This painting represents

and is made of blazing elements
such as embers for hair and two cannons
in his chest.
This painting represents
and is made of fish and marine animals.
Have you seen the movie
The Tale of Despereaux

The character of the soup genie was inspired by Arcimboldo and therefore named
Many artists have been inspired by Arcimboldo's works!
Project Time!
Trace a silhouette portrait of yourself from the shoulders up
Brainstorm images and ideas that represent "self" 
Arrange the resulting symbols and images into a pleasing arrangement within the silhouette portrait - utilizing elements and principles of design.
Add elements to negative space to enhance the "story"
Render composition in choice of media - watercolor, colored pencil, marker, and crayon resist
Personal reflection on experiences and meaning of portrait - Artist's statement
Why is
The Librarian
a good title for this painting?
A revival or rebirth of cultural awareness and learning that took place during the 14th and 15th centuries, particularly in Italy, but also in Germany and other European countries. The period was characterized by a renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman art and design and included an emphasis on human beings, their environment, science, and philosophy.
Self-Portrait – c.1575
Arcimboldo’s style uses realistic portraiture in a way that emphasizes human forms, yet the imagination and emotion of the piece seem more important. The Mannerist style went out of fashion for many years, but was rediscovered by artists in the 20th century. His work from the 16th century has similarities with works done by artists such as Magritte and Dali over 300 years later.
Arcimboldo Style Self-Portrait


A work of art that represents a specific person, a group of people, or an animal. Portraits usually show what a person looks like as well as revealing something about the subject's personality. Portraits can be made of any sculptural material or in any two-dimensional medium.
Italian Painter
Portrait of a Young Woman
after 1480
Italian Sculptor
Bust of Niccolo da Uzzano
Da Vinci –
Italian Painter
Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani
(Lady with an Ermine)
The Last Supper, Leonardo Da Vinci
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