Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy

The bizarre yet scientifically accurate composite heads painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526–1593) will be exhibited together for the first time in the United States, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from September 19, 2010 through January 9, 2011. 'Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy' includes 16 of the most spectacular of these paintings of heads composed of plants, animals, and other objects. They are joined by 32 additional works, such as drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer, small bronzes, illustrated books and manuscripts, and ceramics, to provide a context for Arcimboldo's inventions, revealing his debt to established traditions of physiognomic and nature studies.
Released: September 14, 2010