arcimboldo

arcimboldo

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Photographer Klaus Enrique has revived a Renaissance classic: the surreal botanical portraits of 16th-century Milanese painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo—now, rendered through the lens, not the brush. A modern perspective gives the work new meaning: rather than "From what far off land did that gourd arrive?" we ask "Is that a hybrid or an heirloom?" Instead of "The painter is nuts," we think "The photographer must eat very healthy." 
Renaissance artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo painted a surreal version of a still-life, by creating portraits that portrayed the face of the cognoscenti—through its table, gardens, and natural world.