Art News: Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1526–1593: Nature and Fantasy Exhibit & Demi Moore Sells 19th Century Paintings

12 Oct
2010

ARCIBOLDO, 1526–1593: NATURE AND FANTASY EXHIBITION AT THE  NATIONAL GALLERY

Sixteen of the composite heads painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, though bizarre, are filled with scientifically accurate components, are featured in their first appearance in the United States at the National Gallery of Art at the Arcimboldo, 1526–1593: Nature and Fantasy exhibition now through January  9, 2011.

Spring, 1573

The unusual heads are composed of plants, animals, and other objects that relate to the figure represented. Additional works, including drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer, small bronzes, illustrated books and manuscripts, and ceramics provide a context for Arcimboldo’s inventions, revealing his debt to established traditions of physiognomic and nature studies.

DEMI MOORE TO SELL TWO 19TH CENTURY PAINTINGS AT SOTHEBY’S

Demi Moore is selling two 19th century European paintings at auction, including a French work the actress says inspired her because of the artist’s depiction of strong women.

‘Mere et Ses Enfants’ – Alfred Stevens

William Bouguereau’s “Frere et Soeur,” an oil painting of a young woman tenderly holding her baby brother, could fetch up to $1.5 million at Sotheby’s on Nov. 4.  It was painted in 1887 by the French artist whose work is enjoying renewed interest.

Moore’s other painting, “Mere et Ses Enfants” by Belgian painter Alfred Stevens, is estimated to bring up to $200,000. Read whole article: artdaily

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