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Arcimboldo’s Collage

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The Italian Mannerist painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo [Ar-Chim-BOLD-o] (1527-1593) created a series of extraordinary collage-portraits that continues to fascinate viewers, more than four hundred years after the artist’s death.

The Archduke: After Arcimboldo (2012). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

Arcimboldo composed these pictures entirely from carefully grouped images of everyday objects, like books, plants, vegetables, and fruit, intentionally related to the subject of each portrait.  From a distance, the objects in each painting  blend together to portray its subject in an extremely lively (and sometimes lifelike) fashion.

(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

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Cafe au lait July 18, 2012, 4:00 am

Great image! Thanks for hosting.

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 6:19 am

Thanks, and have a great WW!

Daryl July 18, 2012, 7:03 am

Thanks for hosting …. your collages always have me taking the time to sit, look & admire your talent

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 8:08 am

Thanks very much, Daryl–I really appreciate your kind comment!

Robin from Israel July 18, 2012, 7:59 am

Great piece, very vibrant!

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 8:10 am

Thanks, Robin!

alissa apel July 18, 2012, 8:06 am

I forget what those things are called that make up his hair. Are they called French Curves? It’s been years since I used one.

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 8:19 am

Bingo, Alissa–congratulations! They are French curves. And I was wondering, secretly, if someone would see that. Thanks for answering my question in the affirmative! (Now, for extra credit: can you recognize what his ear is made of ?)

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook July 18, 2012, 8:35 am

I enjoyed this one. Very creative!
Thanks for hosting.

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 2:50 pm

Thanks very much, Carol!

momto8blog July 18, 2012, 8:39 am

wow! my all time favorite.

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 2:49 pm

Glad you like it–thanks for your comment!

Joyce July 18, 2012, 8:41 am

Now that’s cool!

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 2:48 pm

Thanks, Joyce!

Brandi July 18, 2012, 9:28 am

So much detail! Is that a measuring tape for an ear and crescent roll for his mustache?? hehe

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 2:42 pm

Yes, Brandi, you’re correct. Thanks for your comments, and have a super WW!

Helen July 18, 2012, 9:30 am

How unusual. I like it! Is the ear a measuring tape?

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 2:39 pm

Yes, it is indeed a tape measure–good catch! Thanks for your comment, Helen, and have a great WW.

alissa apel July 18, 2012, 9:33 am

A tape measure? I’m not for sure.

I wanted to mention that when I make a comment it often says your site is offline. It kicks me off. I can’t see if I commented or not. So far when I go back onto your site my comments have been there. I just thought you’d want to know.

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 2:59 pm

Right! (Sorry my site is acting up; I did get both of your messages. I’m working on a solution now.)

Christy Ann July 18, 2012, 10:30 am

This is very neat, I keep seeing new stuff in it! The ear looks like a drum, but I’m not sure…

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 2:32 pm

Thanks, Christy Ann! Glad you like it.

aquariann July 18, 2012, 10:36 am

Neat! His mustache has me craving a croissant. Is it lunch time yet? 0.o

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 2:30 pm

Thanks, Aquariann–it’s way past lunchtime where we are!

stevebethere July 18, 2012, 11:04 am

Brilliant and very imaginative 🙂

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 2:28 pm

Thank you, Steve!

Paula J July 18, 2012, 2:23 pm

His ear’s a tape measure ?!! This slightly scares me 🙁 Not really sure why.


Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 2:28 pm

Sorry it scares you, Paula; that certainly wasn’t the intent. True, his ear is a tape measure. (Perhaps he only hears measured words.)

Verena July 18, 2012, 4:45 pm

Wow, well done!
Eric, how are you? I´m sorry, I couldn´t visit you for a while.
Have a wonderful day!

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 8:28 pm

Danke für Ihren Besuch meinen Blog und kommentiert darüber, Verena! Ihr Urlaub Fotos waren sehr schön. Ich hoffe, Sie haben auch einen schönen Tag.

Verena July 18, 2012, 4:50 pm

Eric, I just wrote a comment. I´m not sure if you got it. 🙁

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 8:32 pm

Alles verlief reibungslos, Verena! Versichert, dass ich deinen Kommentar eingegangen perfekt werden. Vielen Dank!

Judy Haughton-James July 18, 2012, 5:44 pm

Quite a portrait! Thanks for hosting and enjoy the rest of your day.

Eric Edelman July 18, 2012, 8:33 pm

Thanks very much, Judy–hope you had a fine day as well!

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