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|Giuseppe Arcimboldo, exponent of a baroque "terribilita,"
enjoyed great success as the court painter of Ferdinand I and his successors.
His discomfiting portraits, constructed entirely out of natural materials
(as here, in three of his "Four Seasons series), occasion uncomfortable
reactions in viewers, who have to wonder what it is they are seeing. Arcimboldo
experienced a major revival at the hands of the surrealists, for whom the
juxtaposition of the familiar and the odd constituted a fundamental technique.