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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. 

Art + Botany: Botanic Emblemata

April 07, 2011
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(Left) O flos sic vernans iuvenili aetate pudorem / Oh how you flourish shyly flower, the modesty of youth

(Right) Flos speculum vitae modo vernat et interat aura / The flower mirrors life; it blooms and perishes in the air