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Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527 - 1593)

Lot 28: Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Milan? c. 1527-1593 Milan)

Christie's

January 25, 2012
New York, NY, US

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Description

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Milan? c. 1527-1593 Milan)
A reversible anthropomorphic portrait of a man composed of fruit
oil on panel
22 x 16 3/8 in. (55.9 x 41.6 cm.)

Exhibited

Cremona, Museo Civico Ala Ponzone, Vincenzo Campi: scene del quotidiano, 2 December 2000-18 March 2001, pp. 60, 66-68, 77, 212-213, no. 39, figs. 6a-b (catalogue entry by G. Berra).
Düsseldorf, Museum Kunst Palast, Dalí und die Magier der Mehrdeutigkeit, 22 February-9 June 2003, p. 147.
Paris, Musée du Luxembourg, and Vienna, Kunsthistorische Museum, Arcimboldo, 1526-1593, 15 September 2007-13 January 2008 and 12 February-1 June 2008, no. IV.33, pp. 178-181, as 'Giuseppe Arcimboldo (?)' (catalogue note by T.D. Kaufmann).
Paris, Galeries nationales Grand Palais, Une image peut en cacher une autre: Arcimboldo, Dali, Raetz, 8 April-6 July 2009, no. 40, p. 74 and frontispiece.
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, and Milan, Palazzo Reale, Arcimboldo: 1526-1593 - Nature and Fantasy, 19 September 2010-9 January 2011 and 27 January 2011-8 May 2011, no. 15, fig. 28.

Literature

(Probably) H. Zimmermann, 'Das Inventar der Prager Schatz und Kunstkammer von 6. Dezember 1621 nach Akten des K. und K. Reichsfinanzarchiv in Wien,' Jahrbuch der Kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des Allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses, XXV, 1905, reg. no. 19437 no. 57.
G. Berra, Natura morta italiana tra Cinquecento e Settecento, exhibition catalogue, Milan, [2002], pp. 78, 463.
T.D. Kaufmann, 'The Artificial and the Natural: Arcimboldo and the Origins of Still Life', in The Artificial and the Natural. An Evolving Polarity, eds. B. Bensaude-Vincent and W. Newman, Cambridge and London, 2007, pp. 149-184.
Paris Match, September 2007, cover illustration.
T.D. Kaufmann, Arcimboldo: Visual Jokes, Natural History, and Still-Life Painting, Chicago and London, 2009, pp. 1, 61, 62, 105, 168, 177, 179, 208, 209, 211, fig. 7.5.
S. Ferino-Pagden, ed., Arcimboldo: Artista milanese tra Leonardo e Caravaggio, exhibition catalogue, Milan, 2011, pp. 320-323, 343-346, 376, no. 326.

Provenance

(Probably) painted for Emperor Rudolf II (1552-1612), and by inheritance in Prague, and recorded in the 1621 inventory of the Imperial collections, Prague, no. 1087: 'Ein angesicht von allerlei obst vom Arsimboldo' and again in the 1635 inventory, no. 57, as 'Ein contrafaict von früchten von Arcimboldo'.
(Probably) removed during the sack of Prague in 1648 by Swedish troops and recorded in the 1648 inventory of looted works as 'Ein anderes [volto] von Frickten'.
(Probably) Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) and recorded as one of the two paintings listed under no. 318, 'Dito [de Prague], deux figures assorties de plusieurs fruits et animaux'.
Private collection, Sweden.
Anonymous sale; Stockholms Auktionsverk, Stockholm, 18 May 1999, lot 1389, as 'Manner of Giuseppe Arcimboldo'.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 28 January 2000, lot 129 ($1,432,500) to the present owner.

Notes

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Milan? c. 1527-1593 Milan)
A reversible anthropomorphic portrait of a man composed of fruit
oil on panel
22 x 16 3/8 in. (55.9 x 41.6 cm.)

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