Two paintings from the “Four Elements” series can be found in the KHM. They can be interpreted in the context of Arcimboldo’s cycle of the seasons, created previously: “Summer” (Inv.No. 1589) corresponds to “Fire”, “Winter” (Inv.No. 1590) to “Water” (Inv.No. 1586), “Spring” to “Air” and “Autumn” to “Earth”. In comparison, “Fire” with its chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece and medallion of the Two-Headed Eagle hints most clearly at Emperor Maximilian II.
Gesamt: 66,5 cm x 51 cm
Framed: 79,5 x 63,3 x 5,5 cm
Inscribed at lower right: Joesphus Arcimboldus Mlnensis. F.
auf der Rückseite: IGNIS 1566
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
painted for Emperor Maximilian (?); from the treasury of Rudolf II; 1748 in the Vienna treasury; from 1830 in the picture gallery
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