Italian oil painter, whose witty allegorical oil paintings foreshadowed 20th-century surrealist art. He began as a designer of stained glass and tapestry in his native Milan; in 1562 he moved to Prague and then to Vienna, where he became oil painter to the Hapsburg court. Arcimboldo invented a portrait type consisting of painted animals, flowers, fruit, and objects composed to form a human likeness. Some are satiric portraits of court personages, and others are allegorical personifications.
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