Arcimboldo: The Great “ABBUFFATA”: An Italian Tradition From A to Marc Ferrari

Exhibition: La grande bouffe : peintures comiques dans l’Italie de la Renaissance

Date: October 28, 2017 – March, 11, 2018

Venue: The Musée Saint Léger in Soissons, France.


(1527 – 1593)

Self-portrait, now in National Gallery in Prague , Google Art Project

Son of the artist Biagio Arcimboldo and Chiara Parisi, Giuseppe Arcimboldo was born in Milan in 1527. Of noble descent, Arcimboldo‘s family originated from the south of Germany, with some family members relocating to Lombardy during the Middle Ages.

Numerous variations of the spelling of the family name can be found: Acimboldi, Arisnbodle, Arcsimbaldo, Arzimbaldo, or Arczimboldo; the ‘boldo’ or ‘baldo’ suffix is a mediaeval Germanic derivative. Likewise, Arcimboldo signed his first name in several different ways: Giuseppe, Josephus, Joseph, or Josepho are some of the examples that can be found.

Vertumnus (detail 1), c. 1590. Oil on wood, 70.5 x 57.5 cm. Skokloster Castle , Skokloster

In his work La noblità di Milano (1619), Paulo Morigi charted the history of Arcimboldo‘s family and confirmed his nobility, despite very uncertain sources, by tracing his roots back to the time of Charlemagne, when a nobleman named Sigfrid Arcimboldo served in the court of the Emperor. Out of sixteen Arcimboldo children, three were knighted and one amongst them settled in Lombardy. This is how the Italian branch of the family came to be founded. To support his claims, Morigi declared that his narrative came directly from Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a trustworthy gentleman with a respectable lifestyle.

Spring (detail 1), 1573. Oil on canvas, 76 x 63.5 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris

Also in La noblità di Milano, Morigi continued to develop the history of the Arcimboldo family, although limiting this to the Italian branch residing in Milan. He stated that the widower Guido Antonio Arcimboldo, Giuseppe’s great-great-grandfather, was elected Archbishop of Milan in 1489, succeeding his deceased brother, Giovanni Arcimboldo. Between 1550 and 1555, Giovanni Angelo Arcimboldo, illegitimate son of Guido Antonio, reigned as Archbishop of Milan. He advised Giuseppe and steered him through the politics of the artists, humanists, and writers of the Milanese Court.

Autumn (detail 1), 1573. Oil on canvas, 77 x 63 cm. Musée du Louvre , Paris

In Milan, Arcimboldo received training from his father in the arts, and also from artists of the Lombard School, such as Giuseppe Meda (active in Milan from 1551 to 1559) and Bernardino Campi (1522-1591), a distinguished painter from Cremona.

A certain artistic and scientific fascination for Leonardo da Vinci has been perceived in Arcimboldo‘s art. In fact, Giuseppe’s father, Biagio, had the good fortune to be friends with Bernardino Luini, a student of Leonardo da Vinci’s, who, after da Vinci’s death, inherited several of his master’s workbooks and sketches. Biagio Arcimboldo certainly studied these and, years later, taught da Vinci’s artistic and scientific style to his son Giuseppe.

The Sommelier (La Cantina), 1574. Oil on canvas, 87.5 x 66.6 cm
Private collection, London

The Italian artists Biagio, Meda, and Campi were in contact with German artists, either working on commissions for the Milan Cathedral or creating tapestries for the Medici family. According to the Milan Cathedral archives, Arcimboldo was established as a master in 1549, working with his father in the painting and creation of sketches for the stained glass windows, organ doors, and canopy of the Cathedral’s altar. The most important stained glass windows, located within the apse, depict the Tales of the Life of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The Christian legend deals with the martyrdom of Catherine, who refused to renounce her Christian faith for pagan gods. The decoration of these scenes was relatively elaborate, based on a combination of classic themes (amphorae, garlands, and cherubs) and Christian symbols (thrones, scallop shells, and ceremonial ornaments).

Fire, 1566. Oil on wood, 66.5 x 51 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum , Vienna

The architectural and ornamental concepts reflected the illusion of art and a mannerist taste. These forms also demonstrated Leonardo da Vinci’s influence on Arcimboldo, gained through the art of Milanese artist Gaudenzio Ferrari (1471-1546), who also worked on the Cathedral’s stained glass windows. A document from the archives of the Milan Cathedral, dated 1556, mentions that Arcimboldo‘s sketches for the Cathedral project were transposed onto glass by Corrado de Mochis, a master glazier from Cologne. During this period, Arcimboldo painted five emblematic insignias (today, lost) for Ferdinand, King of Bohemia, later Ferdinand I, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.

After the death of his father in 1551, Arcimboldo continued to work in Lombardy until 1558, after which time he undertook travels to Como and Monza. He created sketches of Old and New Testament themes for tapestries for the Como Cathedral. Flemish artists Johannes and Ludwig Karcher (active from 1517-1561), employed by the Gobelins Tapestry Manufactory, created a tapestry from these sketches.

Death of the Virgin (based on a sketch by Arcimboldo) (detail 2), 1561-1562
Tapestry, 423 x 470 cm. Como Cathedral , Como

The names of the weavers appear on a scroll on the tapestry. Arcimboldo created eight scenes, sumptuously embellished with borders festooned with flowers, fruit, scrolls, and classical-style grotesques (grotteschi), such as can be seen in Death of the Virgin. In a private garden, in which the architecture echoes the styles of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Virgin rests in a casket surrounded by the mourning apostles, whilst the Santa Maria della Grazie Church can be seen in the background…

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Arcimboldo (Mega Square)

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Arcimboldo (Mega Square)

Author: Liana De Girolami Cheney

If, as the famous saying goes, you really are what you eat, then Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593) was a consummate painter of the human soul. This artist was a master draftsman whose finely wrought canvases captured the imagination of his generation. In this fascinating book, Liana De Girolami Cheney takes a closer look at the critical history of Arcimboldo’s work, from his initial popularity and the tragic obscurity that followed his death, to the ventual triumphant revival of his work and vision by Surrealist admirers of the 1920s.

Book specifications:

Mega Square collection,
145 x 162 mm / 5.7 x 6.4 in.,
256 pages,
c. 120 illustrations.
ISBN: 978-1844847884
Hardcover with dust jacket.

Price: 12.95 USD / 9.95 GBP

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Exhibition: Works of Louise Nevelson


Date: September 9, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Venue: Moderna Museet Stockholm

Throughout her long artistic practice, Louise Nevelson (1899–1988) explored the potential of the collage. Influenced by cubism and Jean Arp, she began early in her career to make sculptures and assemblages out of wood objects she found in the street and painted black. In the 1950s, the sculptures left their plinths and filled entire walls in a scale approaching abstract expressionist paintings. At the same time Nevelson was discovering another style in the collage, which enabled her to easily and intuitively explore subjects in smaller formats. Slips of paper, newspaper cuttings and sooty scraps of wood were combined into poetic observations of the overlooked objects, not unlike Kurt Schwitters’ Merz works.


Louise Nevelson’s monumental works evoke something spiritual and eternal, and express a deeply personal mythology. Her public breakthrough came at the age of 60 with the participation in the exhibition Sixteen Americans at the Museum of Modern Art in New York 1959. For the exhibition she created the white installation Dawn’s Wedding Feast, which included the sculpture Dawn’s Host, an allegory on a cosmic marriage with the world, or the artist’s union with her art. Dawn’s Wedding Feast overturned the notion of sculpture as an object to walk around; instead, it was an environment that enveloped the viewer. The work can be seen as a precursor to installation art. The Louise Nevelson exhibition is organised in recognition of a major donation of the artist’s rarely-shown collages to Moderna Museet.



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Shelley’s Art Musings: Louvre Abu Dhabi: When Worlds Collide

When you think of the Louvre, the mind instantly goes to the iconic glass pyramid which we are all so familiar with, located in the centre of Paris.  Housing some of the world’s greatest art works, it is the world’s largest art museum.  In 2007, the creation of a second Louvre was announced. From then on, it has been eagerly watched as the project emerges.

Ten years after the announcement and after several delays, the exciting news of the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi has arrived.  The name “Louvre”, which is being ‘rented’ for a 30-year period for this museum, costs around £399 million to do so.

On November 8, 2017, The French President Emmanuel Macron joined Arab leaders in inaugurating the new museum. According to some sources, the museum will  open to the public on November, 11.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been inaugurated and will open to the public on November, 11

The construction of this impressive piece of architecture costs over £1 billion and was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel.  The structure is an effortless floating dome, which looks like a honeycomb of stainless steel and aluminum, filtering light in to the museum and giving the feeling of being under a palm tree or the natural roof of a souk.  The museum is open on all sides and brilliant white, allowing the filtered light to create an art work in itself.  The building is a dramatic change to the sky scrapers which dominate the skyline and give the air of something special.  Within the museum, the galleries are laid out like streets, which a sea breeze funnelling through the corridors.

Design for the Louvre Abu Dhabi by architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel
The filtered light is creating an art work in itself

The museum, which has loaned 300 art works from France at the cost of around £571 million, will give a brief history to mankind and religion. There are in total 620 pieces and artefacts on display, ranging from Degas, Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso. The works on show are some of the best, which will be showcased in 20 galleries, forming 12 chapters, sharing the ideas about interconnectedness and culture. Among the many highlights is Leonardo’s wonderful portrait of an unknown lady – La Belle Ferronniere, Whistler’s depiction of his mother, David’s heroic equestrian portrait of Napoleon, a Grecian sphinx from the 6th century BC, a Bronze Oba head from the Benin Kingdom, a 15thcentury Islamic “Turban” helmet and four Romanesque columns with carved capitals from a church in southern France.

Some of the artworks you will be able to see at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The installations and art works will change over time. This has been a work of union between France and the Arab state, signing many agreements to present a ‘universal’ museum. While the museum builds its own base of permanent fixtures, the loaning of artwork will continue.

I find it particularly impressive that the museum has put any thoughts about religious beliefs to one side, showing artefacts from world religions side by side.  Exhibiting a Jewish funeral stele next to a Muslim’s funeral steel and a Christian’s archbishop’s stone epitaph is a true statement of how art can impact the world and bring cultures together.

The Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture, Mohammad Al Mubarak made the statement while addressing the press: “Louvre Abu Dhabi is not just a museum; it will be a hub for education, broadcasting international tolerance and world culture. And future generations will be better because of places like the Louvre Abu Dhabi.”

“Louvre Abu Dhabi is not just a museum; it will be a hub for education, broadcasting international tolerance and world culture.”

The exhibition “From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone” will open on  December, 21, 2017. The show will explore the opening of the Musée du Louvre in Paris in the 18th century, through 150 paintings, sculptures and other artworks from the collections of Musée du Louvre and the Château de Versailles.

The first show at the Children’s Museum, titled Travelling Shapes and Colours, will see examples of floral and geometric ornamentation exhibited through Turkish ceramics, 18th-century decorative French vases and a 19th century painting by German artist Paul Klee.

If you want to find out more about the museum or stay updated with events, you can find the website here.

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