Archive for baroque

Art I LOVE – Guiseppe Arcimboldo

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , on April 20, 2010 by echostains


I’m afraid that I’ve rather neglected this category for a while.  I don’t know why – when I love so many types of art.   Please bear in mind that in order to write every day and in depth is a full time job.  Its not mine unfortuntely, so everything I do is rather brief and I’m only too well aware of this.  Arcimboldo is an artist  I loved quite a long time ago and still do.  I have still got his Four Seasons  in poster size which I bought years ago and framed.


Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527 – 1593 Milan Italy).  I was fascinated by this artist.  His work has a fun quality but it’s also very clever.  The Surrealists loved Acimboldo’s subject matter, – the way he played with unusual visuals  and it’s easy to see why.  Some have thought his work bizarre and very whimsical.  But Renascence  people of his time were intrigued by tricks and puzzles, so in that sense he was catering for modern tastes.


Arcimboldo was not only innovative, ‘trendy’ and clever, he could also turn his hand to designing costumes for Court, a large tapestry  design for the cathedral in Como, which is still there today.  He also designed stained glass.


He was a court painter to Ferdinand 11 and later went on to Prague to paint for Maximilian 11 and later his son Rudolf 11. It must have been very difficult to get a likeness using fruit as your palette.  But he must have got it right because he did survive to paint religious and traditional subjects too. He is most famous for his portraits using fruit, vegetables, fish, flowers among others objects. though.

Rudolf 11

Lots more of his work here 

Happy Birthday Dear Rubens!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , on June 27, 2009 by echostains

Leda and the Swan Rubens

Leda and the Swan Rubens

Today is the birthday of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (b. 1577 – 1640).  The style he is known for is Baroque.  He painted mostly religious subjects for commission, also historical subjects.

rubens celebrates the flesh

rubens celebrates the flesh

Rubens is famous for his altar pieces and his love of painting large women.  His celebration of the fuller figured woman  became known as rubenesques

rubens- the judgement-paris

rubens- the judgement-paris

Read more about him here

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.



Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton


Van Gogh