It’s day ten of the Culture Tourist Art Blogmas today. And I’m sharing the work of one of my favourite artists and the most interesting Italian Mannerist painters, Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Winter.

Art Blogmas 2021

Giuseppe Arcimboldo is a 16th-century Italian painter from Milan. Although he was a respected court painter, he’s best known today for the series of grotesque portraits made of different objects such as books, flowers, fruit, vegetables etc.

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo: Winter

Where is it? Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Giuseppe Arcimboldo made a series of four paintings called the Four Seasons. The artwork we’re hosting in the Culture Tourist’s Art Blogmas today, Winter, is one of them.

From the four paintings, only Winter and Summer survived, and they are displayed at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Winter is depicted as a profile of an old man’s head. He made a composition of the bare tree and brown branches. The tree bark represents the wrinkled skin. And at his coat, the man has decoration made of lemons – winter fruits.

With the way he’s using parts of trees and elements from nature, Giuseppe Arcimboldo is the forerunner of surrealism.

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If you don’t want to miss other paintings I will share with you in this year’s Art Blogmas, be sure to check in here tomorrow at 7:30 am. Or, follow along on the Culture Tourist Facebook page and Instagram profile.