Giuseppe Arcimboldo

1526 - 1593

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo, also spelled Arcimboldi (Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe artʃimˈbɔldo]; 5 April 1527 – 11 July 1593), was an Italian Renaissance painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books. These works form a distinct category from his other productions. He was a conventional court painter of portraits for three Holy Roman Emperors in Vienna and Prague; also producing religious subjects and, among other things, a series of coloured drawings of exotic animals in the imperial menagerie. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giuseppe Arcimboldo has received more than 1,244,777 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Giuseppe Arcimboldo is the 50th most popular painter (down from 44th in 2019), the 137th most popular biography from Italy (down from 106th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Italian Painter.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo is most famous for his portraits made of fruits, vegetables, and other objects.

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Among painters, Giuseppe Arcimboldo ranks 50 out of 2,023Before him are Nicolas Poussin, Anthony van Dyck, Paolo Veronese, Andrea del Verrocchio, J. M. W. Turner, and Paul Klee. After him are Andrea Mantegna, Georges Braque, Fra Angelico, Caspar David Friedrich, Camille Pissarro, and Giorgione.

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Among people born in 1526, Giuseppe Arcimboldo ranks 1After him are Catherine Jagiellon, Akechi Mitsuhide, Elizabeth of Austria, Augustus, Elector of Saxony, Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Rafael Bombelli, Taqi ad-Din Muhammad ibn Ma'ruf, Bâkî, Benedict the Moor, Wolfgang, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, and Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquess of Santa Cruz. Among people deceased in 1593, Giuseppe Arcimboldo ranks 1After him are Christopher Marlowe, Emperor Ōgimachi, Li Shizhen, Juan de Herrera, Jacques Amyot, Symon Budny, Maciej Stryjkowski, Xu Wei, Hans Bol, Louis III, Duke of Württemberg, and Abd al-Samad.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Giuseppe Arcimboldo ranks 137 out of 5,161Before him are Cesare Borgia (1475), Pope Urban VII (1521), Andrea del Verrocchio (1435), Pope Boniface VIII (1235), Pope Gregory IX (1160), and Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632). After him are Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922), Cardinal Mazarin (1602), Enzo Ferrari (1898), Luca Pacioli (1445), Adriano Celentano (1938), and Guillaume Apollinaire (1880).

Among PAINTERS In Italy

Among painters born in Italy, Giuseppe Arcimboldo ranks 13Before him are Giotto (1267), Masaccio (1401), Amedeo Modigliani (1884), Tintoretto (1518), Paolo Veronese (1528), and Andrea del Verrocchio (1435). After him are Andrea Mantegna (1431), Fra Angelico (1400), Giorgione (1478), Artemisia Gentileschi (1593), Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448), and Giovanni Bellini (1430).