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VARIOUS - The Arcimboldo Effect

Title: The Arcimboldo Effect
Description: Thames & Hudson, London, 1987. Quarto paperback; 402pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Tape marks and some scattered spotting to endpapers and cover verso edges; faint spotting to text block edges. Very good otherwise. "Giuseppe Arcimboldo was the Hapsburg court painter who is said to have invented the conceit of painting human heads composed of other things flowers, fruit, vegetables, animals, fishes and the paraphernalia of various occupations. He painted these ingenious contrivances of emblematic synthesis to amuse his royal patrons, Ferdinand I, Maximilian II and Rudolf II, and to flatter them, as the most ambitious sets of paintings, of the four elements and the four seasons, were believed to suggest that the Hapsburgs presided over all nature and would rule for ever.This exhilarating book, published on the occasion of the first Arcimboldo retrospective exhibition, at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, is a multidisciplinary symposium of art-historians and other scholars. Essays on the Milanese artist and his work and their influence are illustrated with more than 400 reproductions, about half of them in colour (well printed in Milan), of Arcimboldo's own paintings and some subsequent derivative 'transformations of the face,' in the words of the book's subtitle, in the Arcimbold-esque spirit from his time to the present." - Patrick Catling


Price: AUD 55.00 = appr. US$ 38.05 Seller: Lamdha Books
- Book number: 201201

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