On the Shoulders of Giants – Southampton City Art Gallery – Arcimboldo


  • With Kate Measham
  • 23rd November, 10.00-12.00am
  • £15/class, or £75 for five classes from the Southampton City Art Gallery Collections
  • This class will be via Zoom. You will be sent information about Zoom when you book your place for the lesson, and a link on the morning of the class.
  • A video will be available after the class. If you are unable to be with us on the day you may purchase access to the video for £15.


GIUSEPPE ARCIMBOLDO (1526-1593) – Summer

Arcimboldo was born into a family of painters in Milan. There he encountered the art of Leonardo da Vinci whose interest in drawing directly from nature made a big impression on the young artist. In 1562 Arcimboldo was invited to work at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor. There he began to create portraits made up of plants, fruit, animals and other objects.

Arcimboldo produced a series of paintings based on the seasons, this version of Summer is made up of plums, pears, peaches, figs, pomegranates and a watermelon. These grotesque figures are ingenious but also disturbing and surreal. Salvador Dali credited Arcimboldo as the inspiration for his use of double images and optical illusion.


What to expect in this in this class and Materials

You will be looking at mixed media, collage and a Winter version of the Arcimboldo picture

Materials

  • Please print out the photo
  • magazines, paper, old cookbooks – whatever source material you can find
  • pritt stick, pva and applicator
  • A1 cartridge paper


Southampton City Art Gallery holds one of the finest collections of art in the south of England and holds ‘Designated’ status, awarded by Arts Council England. Currently comprising over 5,000 works and spanning eight centuries, the collection is an outstanding educational resource that can trace the history of European art from the Renaissance to the present.