Treatise on silk culture and manufacture
by Giuseppe ARCIMBOLDO

The group of thirteen drawings by Arcimboldo representing the manufacture of silk and now in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is accompanied by a letter from the artist which allows us to understand that it is related to a plan of decoration proposed around 1587 to Baron Ferdinand Hoffmann, the new president of the imperial Hofkammer, for some rooms in his palace in Prague. The scenes of farming and handicraft would have been set in the middle of grotesques.

The thirteen drawings accompanied by their captions accurately illustrate the different stages in the production of silk.

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Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 1)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 2)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 3)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 4)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 5)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 5, detail)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 6)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 7)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 8)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 9)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 10)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 11)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 12)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Treatise on Silk Culture and Manufacture (Series of Thirteen Drawings, No. 13)
c. 1586
Pen blue ink and blue wash on paper, 308 x 190 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston



Summary of works by Arcimboldo
Paintings
Early works in Milan
Portraits for the Holy Roman Emperor
Allegories of the Seasons and the Elements
Composite and reversible heads
Graphics
Nature studies
Costumes and drawings for court festivities
Treatise on silk culture and manufacture
Various drawings



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