Friday, March 16, 2007
Yesterday I went to an exhibition at the Sussex Barn at West Dean College. I saw a picture from the Edward James Collection of a figure by Arcimboldi. The figure was made up of fruit and vegetables and I was amazed to discover that Arcimboldi was a Milanese artist of the 16th century.
He painted animals, flowers, fruit, and objects composed to form a human likeness and his witty allegorical compositions foreshadowed the 20th-century Surrealist Art.
As I had never heard of him, I had to "google" him on my return home but unfortunately I had forgotten his name. "Milanese artist surrealist" found him quite easily.
One of Arcimboldi's pictures is shown on the Italian stamp above.