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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter who created the Flora in 1590. The painting is a portrait of a woman made up of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other objects.

It was painted around the same time as Vertumnus, Giuseppe's most famous artwork. The painting is a portrait of a woman made up of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other objects. The woman's face is made from various flowers, and her hair is composed of leaves. The painting is an allegory to the seasons and the different stages in life.

Closely looking into the portrait, viewers can see a human portrait with flowers. The woman seems to be Flora and characterizes Arcimboldo's work. The facial features and the collar are made of petals and buds. Most analysts feel that 'Flora' came from all the flowers and nature in the portraits. Flora's clothing seems to be falling leaves. A bright wreath is visible on her head, and in the center sits a red lily. The collar then comes together in a yellow lily resembling a flashlight and turning the portrait to life.

Assessing the portrait even further, the Flora has gorgeous eyes. She seems to also have a subtle smile with pink lips. They seem to be watching or looking directly at the viewer. Such precision can only be achieved by an experienced painter, such as Arcimboldo. He was a master at bringing life and portraying freshness in portraits. He loved to portray the different seasons based on produce. Due to the tender and tight petals, most art analysts assumed Arcimboldo was showing the female body. Others call it the goddess of flowers, Flora. By close assessment, Flora was not an old day. Instead, she was a woman in her middle ages with so much kindness on her face.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a painter from the Renaissance period. Most viewers identify with his paintings as they always have fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other objects. His paintings are often called "trompe l'oeil" or "three-dimensional paintings" because they are so realistic that they seem to be three-dimensional. According to scholars and analysts, Arcimboldo was influenced by Leonardo da Vinci's work. The latter's work played a huge role in shaping Giuseppe's artwork.

Today, the Italian painter is popular for bringing imagination of heads that are made from items like vegetables, fish, flowers, and even books. His paintings were so realistic that they were nearly impossible to discern that they were made of objects. Some of these similar works include Vertumnus (1591), Summer (1563), Spring (1573), Four Seasons in One Head (1590), and Autumn (1573), among others. It sits in a private collection today.

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