Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Archimboldo - Summer

Archimboldo (1529-1593) - Summer (1573)
France Stamp Issued 2008
The Louvre  - Paris, France

This painting was completed in a style that is classically famous for this painter, as a portrait has completed from fruits and vegetables.  

Although his paintings have a lot of contemporary appeal, they are also interesting from a historical perspective, because they chronicle the arrival of new species of fruits and vegetables in Italy at the time of the Rennaissance.  This painting includes an ear of corn, which would have been imported from the Americas, in addition to brown eggplant from Asia.

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