Critical Studies: Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi) was born in 1527 and lived until July 11th, 1593.

He was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as, fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books.

His portraits of human heads were greatly admired by his contemporaries and remain a source of fascination today.

Art critics often debate whether Arcimboldo's paintings were created just for fun or as the product of a deranged mind.

However given the Renaissance fascination with riddles, puzzles and the bizarre, arcimboldo, far from being mentally imbalanced, catered to the taste of his times.

What do you think of Arcimboldo's artworks? Do you like them or really hate them.

Remember to give your own opinion. It is important so you need to use it and give reasons behind why you think this way.