- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Skira (February 21, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 886130379X
- ISBN-13: 978-8861303799
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.3 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arcimboldo: 1526-1593 Hardcover – February 26, 2008
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Sylvia Ferino is the Curator of the Italian Painting of the Renaissance department at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Wien and a collaborator at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris.
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Also, this book contains a lot of works by other artists, artists who influenced Arcimboldo, artists who worked with him, other artists working with similar subjects/around the same time etc. It was nice that such a context was provided but ultimately I would've preferred more reproductions of details from works by Arcimboldo.
The only two things wrong with this book: 1. Reproductions and the information about those pictures aren't always on the same page, requiring the reader to flip back or forward a few pages to read about a specific painting. Not a huge deal but kind of annoying and 2. An awful translation into English. It literally feels like the translation was done by copying text files into Google Translate and occasionally there are phrases and expressions in Italian or French that are not translated, leading the reader to have to look them up elsewhere.
In conclusion: a good book with some flaws that, while noticeable, are not a deal breaker.
If you are looking for a book of paintings by Arcimboldo, paintings and nothing else, then this book may satisfy you.
But if you would also like to know something about the artist, then keep looking, because this book is most disap-pointing.
The articles have been written (or maybe translated) by people whose first language is not English. The writing is extremely clumsy. Words have been chosen which are not appropriate and in many cases are so unusual that the definition cannot be found in a small dictionary. Frequently the meaning can be found only in a dictionary such as the Complete Oxford Dictionary or on the Internet.
The articles are in the main most uninteresting, frequently dealing with events and people so far removed from Ar-cimboldo, as to be meaningless.
Unnecessary footnotes occupy almost as much space as the articles.
History lessons abound, but what they have to do with the artist is never really clear.
There are countless images of other painters whose connection to Arcimboldo seems weak.
Arcimboldo painted the same picture many times, and other artists copied his work. And there are often several paintings that are almost identical, all reproduced in this book. For the average reader the subtleties are such that repetition of the work is not needed.
And although there is a 10 page bibliography at the end of the book, plus the numerous end-notes in each chapter, there is no index, so locating a particular painting means scrolling patiently through the book.
This is not a book I could recommend to anybody.