Art is a metaphor of the commonplace. We have taken our monotonous reality of common objects, and have brought them to a higher level of creativity and sophistication.
This new and intriguing object has thus evolved and born into what we call our “transfigurations.”
Giuseppe Arcimboldo is an extraordinary Italian artist of the XVI century. In fact, today Arcimboldo is best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books. He painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognizable likeness of the portrait subject. The artistic concept of these pictures was unique and laid the foundation of Arcimboldo’s success as a painter with a unique, pre-surrealist style.
Arcimboldo is known today as the Italian Mannerist painter whose grotesque compositions of fruits, vegetables, animals, books, and other objects were arranged to resemble human portraits.
During his time spent in the Emperor’s court under various reigns, he painted several portraits of the Imperial family, the first series were his Four Seasons in 1562-63.
The Miniature technique Stipula chose to propose the outstanding portraits by Arcimboldo dates back to the Medieval period initially designed for decorating and illustrating hand-written manuscripts that Monks would transcribe. This “minor art” was then used to paint small portraits on parchment paper that would then be inserted into medallions or lockets. In 1700, there was a further development of this technique. A new technique was adopted by painting miniatures with water colours on ivory slates. The result was outstanding and it’s with these new techniques, that art of miniature has arrived to our contemporary years.
Spring: blossoming flowers and green plants have been used to create this image of Spring