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


c. 1566
Oil on canvas, 74 x 56 cm
Private collection

This painting is identifiable with a picture of Air by Arcimboldo. It is a copy after Arcimboldo's painting, or perhaps a workshop version from a later series of elements, or perhaps a repetition made for the emperor.

Like Earth and probably Water in the series, Air is also based on studies from nature. Many of the birds whose heads are seen in this composite were drawn by Arcimboldo, along with many other avian species. However, because they are crowded together, the individual species represented here are harder to identify.

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