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Forever enigmatic, 16th-century artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo transformed fruit, vegetables, flowers, and creatures into portraits that continue to amaze 400+ years after their creation. Perhaps his most famous work, this portrait from ca. 1590 depicts Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor as Vertumnus, the ancient god of vegetation and the seasons. Read more about the artist’s food-filled practice via the...

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe artʃimˈbɔldo]; also spelled Arcimboldi) (1526 or 1527 – July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books. More

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