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Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi; 1527 - July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books -- that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognizable likeness of the portrait subject.

Arcimboldo gives us a sense in his work of what Osborne described in terroir here forging a portrait of both place and person through the representations of live forms of a particular place, thereby collapsing person and the terroir of place into a single image.

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