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A Needlepainting Project that would be really silly to attempt

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8 January 2012

A Needlepainting Project that would be really silly to attempt

But I think it would be beautiful. Maybe when I'm really really really skilled at needlepainting? ~grin~

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (also spelled Arcimboldi) (1527 – July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books – that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognizable likeness of the portrait subject. (wikipedia)
I’ve always felt a little sorry for this poor fellow :
Lots more images of Archimboldo’s work at

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Anonymous Mary Martin said...

Even in smaller scale, that top painting would take forever to do in needle painting! I'm pretty ambitious but I'd have to say no to that. But you go for it! :)

Sunday, January 08, 2012  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

Oh, I didn't mean that I'd do it! I'd *like* to do it, but .....yes, it'd take forever, with all that detail, colour shifts and shadows..

Sunday, January 08, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm...I can appreciate the challenge, but I've always found his work - especially the flowery ones - a little creepy, theres something quite macabre about the flower ones

the veggies are just silly, they dont bother me as much - perhaps its my long running horror of poupourri?

Monday, January 09, 2012  
Anonymous Archimboldo said...

Why, glad you like my work, if you feel sorry for the fellow, turn him around into a bowl of vegetables!

Monday, January 09, 2012  
Blogger coral-seas said...

Well, you could wait until you are really, really skilled at needle painting ... or you could start it now and become really, really skilled at needle painting in the process :-) !

Tuesday, January 10, 2012  
Anonymous Rachel said...

You don't settle for small, easy projects, do you! What an astonishing picture that is!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012  
Anonymous Rachel said...

They are absolutely astonishing. I knew you don't shirk challenges, but what a project that would be!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012  
Blogger Stitching With Kittens said...

Completely by chance, I happened upon a whole exhibition of Archimboldo at the National Galley in Washington DC several years ago. Fabulous, fabulous work. . . so creative... overwhelmingly exuberant. But a bit much to have hanging around my house...or stare at day after day as a stitching project, I think!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012  
Anonymous Christina said...

I have always loved the work of Arcimboldo. Some several years ago, one of the salad dressing companies here used the idea to advertise their product. It was great but lacked the detail and sheer mischief of the real thing .....
Probably not a good subject for embroidery just yet, ER, but definitely something to aspire to.

Thursday, January 12, 2012  
Blogger Kimberly Servello said...

When I imagine the woman's portrait done in embroidery, I see her face, neck & dress done in Speckling - in brown thread, not black - changing over to rose shading in the cheeks & lips where Archimboldo added some colour. Also the brown-ish bits of her hair showing. Then, the full colour flowers in raised work and the typical Elizabethan stitches(trellis, detached buttonhole, etc) in coloured silks. I'd probably do her eyes in Eliz stitches as well, but maybe in Speckling.

Saturday, January 14, 2012  
Anonymous Katherine Smith said...

I've seen some of Archimboldo's paintings "live." They are much smaller than one would think they'd be and I think they'd lend themselves exquisitely to needlepainting.

Thursday, March 08, 2012  

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