Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Four Seasons in One Head
The four seasons that the artist illustrates in this painting are summer, winter, autumn and spring. If one is to analyse each season, then they will fully grasp what Arcimboldo intended to convey to his audience. For instance, winter represents coldness and moodiness. From the painting, the fungi that grow on the mouth of the man, to ears and nose that appear twisted, they all represent a sullen appearance. On its first appearance, one notices a tree trunk with plenty of small stumps and is also twisted. The tree trunk represents the Head which signifies the season of winter. On its chest, one notices colourful flowers and wheat that make it look bright. These are excellent characteristics of two seasons; summer and spring. The grapes, ivy and apples that decorate the Head represent the autumn season.
Most artists worldwide associate Arcimboldo’s paintings with the Late Renaissance or mannerism. The artist wanted to show how deep his connection with nature is. Through his paintings, he can communicate serious life situations by simply painting fruits, plants, and other objects using oil on canvas.
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