Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Italian, ca. 1527-1593)
Oil on limewood
67 × 52 cm
© Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie, Vienna
The Milanese and the Hapsburgs couldn’t get enough of him during his 16th century lifetime but, after his death, Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s works languished unnoticed in some moldering closet of art history for over 300 years. Until, that is, the Surrealists came along, drew inspiration from his anthropomorphic paintings and touted the artist’s name once again.