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

Maximilian II, His Wife and Three Children

1563
Oil on canvas, 240 x 188 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Portrayed next to Archduke Maximilian II is his wife Maria of Spain and three of their children. In front is the oldest daughter, Anna, the later wife of Philip II of Spain, behind are the sons Rudolf, later Emperor Rudolf II and in the cradle Archduke Ernst.

This painting is a copy by Arcimboldo after an original executed in 1553-54 by an unknown artist who based his work on full-figure portraits by Jacob Seisenegger and Anthonis Mor.




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