Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526 - 1593): The series of Four

7/1/2021, 12:13:51 PM
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526 - 1593): The series of Four Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, 1573, Oil on canvas, all, 76 x 64 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris The four-part cycle of the Seasons was frequently repeated by Arcimboldo for the Imperial court in Vienna and Prague. This particular series, which is now in Paris, had been commissioned by the Emperor Maximilian II for Augustus the Elector of Saxony. In this series, Arcimboldo composes heads for the first time from all kinds of objects, whose selection gives meaning to the allegory. They are also an allegorical representation of the for ages of life. As attested by, among others, a maiolica plate from 1536, this compositional method was certainly not invented by Arcimboldo, but the sophistication and imagination with which the painter applies the themes in the picture-puzzles are a very personal achievement, and the many later copies serve to reveal in their weaknesses and simplifications Arcimboldo's true originality. Thomas Kaufmann from Princeton University says about the series: "The paintings were meant to amuse, but they also symbolize the majesty of the ruler, the copiousness of creation and the power of the ruling family over everything. In some ways it’s just humor, but the humor resolves itself in a serious way.” The series of the Seasons in the Louvre differ from the original Viennese model in the nature of the support, with canvas taking place of wood. The majority of the known versions of the Seasons are painted on canvas. This support may have been chosen for the convenience of the transport for which these works were intended by the man who commissioned them. The Louvre series is the only one to have a border formed of garlands of leaves and flowers around the heads. This feature is clearly a later addition as the greenery is depicted in a perfunctory fashion with a broader brush and in places clumsily superimposed on Arcimboldo's painting. .. 👋👋 👉👉 swipe to see the other three pieces 👉👉

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