ARCIMBOLDO, Giuseppe
(b. 1526, Milano, d. 1593, Milano)

Self-Portrait

1571-76
Pen, blue wash, 231 x 157 mm
Národní Galerie, Prague

In this drawing Arcimboldo portrays himself as a handsome man with even features, with a short, Spanish beard, a fine cap, elegant white lace collar and a patterned brocade shirt. It seems he has dedicated a lot of attention to his appearance, to underline his position as a noted court painter or even more to appear as an elegant member of the court of Emperor Rudolf II.