Arcimboldo: Nature into Art
In a nutshell
This artist was a curiosity for me. I had seen pictures of the strange veggie/fruit/animal faces but didn’t feel a strong connection to his work. As with most art, it was much more impressive to see these rather bizarre portraits in person, with his four seasons and four elements paintings stealing the show.
The National Museum of Western Art, the Le Corbusier designed building that was recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It is spacious with some beautiful natural light.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All the information is in Japanese and English, including the audio guide, which offered entertaining, supplemental information about the artist and his works.
The portraits are stunning to see in person and it was really interesting to learn how Arcimboldo’s position in the court of the Habsburgs provided him access to scientific artifacts and information, which helped him realistically paint plants, animals, fruits and vegetables from all over the world.
All art lovers. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see many of this artist’s famous portraits all in one place.
How far out?
Centrally located in Ueno Park in Tokyo.
How much time?
Plan to spend at least an hour at the exhibition.. Went on a Wednesday morning before lunch it seemed pretty busy. I would expect it to be crowded during weekends.
September 24, 2017
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Make time to see it, especially if you’re a fan of Renaissance art.