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Fish Sea Life Composite Head Surreal Portrait Statue by Arcimboldo 4.5H -

  • 49.25 USD



This statue adapts a portrait painting of Maximillian II out of fish, sea life and water elements into a desktop collectible figurine. It is filled with discovery as one looks over the complex integration of fishes, starfish, crabs, and other sea elements including pearls from oysters as a necklace. Surreal like, Dali and Magritte were influenced by early artists like Arcimboldo. 

The statue has been adapted from a painting by Arcimboldo for the court of Maximillian II who had a keen interest in zoology, had scientists attached to his court and they assisted Arcimboldo with this painting.

  • Water by Arcimboldo is made from resin with hand painted color details.
  • Part of the highly collectible Parastone Museum Collection. PN AR02
  • Comes with a color description card.
  • Measures: 4.5 in x 4 in x 3 in. Weight 0.8 lbs.

GIUSEPPE ARCIMBOLDO (CA. 1527-1593): Initially, like his father, the Renaissance painter Arcimboldo worked as a painter on Milan Cathedral. This changed in 1562 when the Emperor of Hapsburg, Ferdinand I, summoned him to the royal court in Prague. Ferdinand's successors, Maximillian II and Rudolph II, were also much taken with Arcimboldos marvelous talents and so, for nearly all of the rest of his life, he remained in the service of this court, not only as a painter, but also as an architect, a designer of bizarre settings and costumes, and an organizer of major festivities. His work was much appreciated both for its sense of craftsmanship as well as its artistic value, and its eccentric, if sometimes comical aspects, may have made a welcome change to the day-to-day harsh political reality. Arcimboldo owes his present-day fame to his artistic discovery of the composite head. He painted his first version of The Four Seasons, portraits composed of flowers, fruit, twigs and leaves, soon after his arrival in Prague.


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