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

Study of a Goat's Deformed Hoof

1563
Watercolour and gouache
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna

This drawing is on folio 23r of Codex min. 42.

Studies of the monstrously grown hooves of a goat, with a comment in Italian,, surely written in Arcimboldo's hand - one is dated as early as 1563 - are stylistically close to the studies of animals that can be seen in almost identical positions and stances in the composite head of Earth.




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