Arcimboldo had been imperial court painter in Vienna and Prague since 1562. As well as a portraitist, he was mainly renowned for his work as a producer and designer of courtly tournaments and wedding celebrations. In 1563, however, he created a series of paintings of the seasons, the uniqueness of which was the basis of the painter’s later fame. Made up of plant pieces and fruit, at no point on “Winter” can we see the surface of a natural face. The letter M on the collar’s tangle of straw hints at Emperor Maximilian who commissioned the series.
66,6 cm x 50,5 cm
Framed: 79,5 cm × 63 cm × 5,5 cm
Inscribed at lower right: GIVSEPPE ARCIMBOLDO. F.
auf der Rückseite: 1563 HIEMS
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Painted for Archduke Maximilian, the later Emperor Maximilian (?); from the treasury of Rudolf II; 1748 in the Vienna treasury; from 1830 in the picture gallery
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