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Artist: Giuseppe Arcimboldo
[Italian painter, 1530-1593]

Title: The Librarian

Date: ca.1566
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 38 x 28 inches (97 x 71 cm)
Location: Skokloster Castle, Sweden

Image size: 760 x 1075 pixels, 122 Kbytes
Image source: Web Gallery of Art
              
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo: The Librarian

 
 
 
Arcimboldo is well known for several famous images of a man's face created out of plants and vegetables. This is a slightly different effort - a librarian created out of anthropomorphic pile of books.

While it recalls certain visual tricks of artists like Salvador Dali and New York Times illustrator David Suter, this painting reminds me very strongly of many whimsical technological illustrations that Boris Artzybasheff painted as Time Magazine covers during the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
 
 
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