Vertumnus ~ A Painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Vertumnus by Guiseppe Arcimboldo

Vertumnus by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a painter of the late Italian Renaissance who lived from 1526 to 1593. He was known for his imaginative portraits made up entirely of objects: fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish or books. His most famous painting is Vertumnus, a portrait of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II imagined as the Roman god of metamorphoses¬†in nature and life. The fruits and vegetables symbolize the abundance of the Golden Age that had returned under Rudolf’s rule.¬†