Vertumnus by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1590-1591)
Renaissance artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, produced this work in Milan. The subject is the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus.
Vertumnus is the god of seasons, change, and plant growth, as well as gardens and fruit trees, which is why his body is composed of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
The young girl on the left pays homage to Arcimboldo’s portrait with carrots, tomatoes, leeks, oranges, and more.