Giuseppie Archimboldo Essay

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The artist Giuseppe Archimboldo was an Italian painter who started out working for the office of the Fabbrica in the Duomo. Archimboldo was commissioned to do stained glass window designs which included the Stories of St. Catherine of Alexandria vitrage at the Duomo. He also worked on frescoes for the Cathedral of Monza. In 1558, Archimboldo drew the cartoon for a large tapestry of the Dormination of the Virgin Mary, which is still hanging in the Como Cathedral today (Giuseppe Archimboldo biography, 2013). Giuseppe Archimboldo was considered a mannerist artist who worked in the sixteenth century. He was most famous for his portrait art which featured symbolic arrangements of fruits and vegetables in a caricature of the person posing for the painting. Archimboldo was not considered a great painter until his works were rediscovered in the 1920’s. He is now regarded by art critics as one of the most innovative and original old masters of the mannerism era, and also one of the best portrait artists of the sixteenth century (Giuseppe Archimboldo (1527 - 93), n.d.). The piece of art from Giuseppe Archimboldo’s work that will be discussed in this assignment is called Vertumnus. The oil painting dates back to 1590 and features a man made entirely out of vegetation, including the features of the face such as the cheeks, eyes, and nose. Looking at the painting, the viewer can see how Archimboldo uses all four of the visual cues. A deeper analysis of the visual cues uncovers more about the talent of Archimboldo than he was given credit for while he was alive. Archimboldo used a mix of primary and additive colors with a stronger emphasis on the colors considered to be additive, or a mixture of primary colors to. Looking at the painting Vertumnus using the objective method, the colors that are most noticeable revolve around the orange and yellow hues with more

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