Arcimboldo Food Face Art, Flexible Art Learning Opportunity, May 4-7th



 Arcimboldo Food Face

 A Self-portrait rendered in food.

Have you ever heard the expression, “You are what you eat?” In this project, you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate just what you’re made of! 



Create an image of yourself by arranging fruits, vegetables, and other favorite foods.



First, follow this link to a video of our old friends, Mati and Dada, on a visit to Arcimboldo’s studio. It will inspire you for the following project.



  1. Lay the fruits, vegetables, legumes, etc., in front of you on a table. You can also use photos of foods or draw your own pictures of favorite foods if you don’t have the ones you want on hand. 

  2. What features of your face do their shapes remind you of? 

  3. Arrange and rearrange the pieces until you have made a likeness. 

  4. Compare your portrait of Arcimboldo’s. Did you use any of the same foods? Did you use them in the same or different places?

  5. Take a photograph of your portrait.

  6. Please share your images by emailing the photo to me at:



  1. Try an Arcimboldo style of portrait using groups of related objects, such as:

    1. Art supplies

    2. Tools

    3. Objects found in nature

    4. Any items that inspire you

  2. Draw and color a picture of your portrait arrangement, display proudly on your refrigerator. 



The Artist

Summer, 1563, Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo [jew-SEP-pay arch-im-BOLD-OH] was born to a distinguished family in Milan, Italy, and began working as an artist at the Milan Cathedral, creating stained glass, fabrics, and paintings. His father, a painter, probably provided his early training. As the official artist and Master of Festivals for three successive German Emperors, Arcimboldo designed costumes, stage settings, chariots, and other diversions for courtly events and ceremonies. He was also in charge of making acquisitions for the royal cabinet of curiosities, which included art, antiques, curios, oddities of nature, and exotic animals and birds. He engineered creative water works, and even dreamed up a “color-piano” that was played by court musicians. He was perfect for the job and was richly rewarded for his inventiveness.

Arcimboldo was best known for his fantastical “composite head” paintings. These were portraits composed of objects such as fruit, flowers, books, or even a plate of meat. During his time, he acquired international fame and the public reacted to his paintings much the way we do today: with admiration, humor, and fascination. Summer belongs to a set of four paintings that depict the four seasons of the year. Arcimboldo and his workshop painted numerous copies of this set, as did many imitators of the master.

You can learn more about Arcimboldo and see more of his work by clicking on the link below. Do you think Mrs. Schoppet would like the one titled “The Librarian”?


Don't forget to share your Masterpiece with me...I can't wait to see what you do with this art



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