Art + Botany: Arcimboldo's Surreal Portraiture

December 01, 2011
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During the holiday season, food and feasting seem to be everywhere. And so it is an appropriate time to enjoy the work of Guiseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593), a Renaissance artist who painted a surreal flavor of still-life: portraits composed of fruit, vegetables, and flowers. 

From Garden to Table: Eggplant Balls

July 28, 2011
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It has been Very Hot of late (hence the capitals); not just regular hot but steamy hot, with the streets of New York cleared, humans turning into wilted, grumpy versions of their cooler-weather selves, and the plants on my fire escape doing the same. I, like many people I know, have taken to avoiding my kitchen, dashing in only to grab a salad, or in moments of desperation, to stick my head into the freezer.