Thanks to the phenomenon of pareidolia, we're able to see human faces almost anywhere. But when you see a human face made out of bugs, or fruit, or naked women, is it delightful, or creepy? Or a little of both?
This phantasmagorical technique of composite portraiture was invented by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a 16th century Italian painter — but people have taken it in many weird and fascinating directions since then. See for yourself!
Archimboldesque Heads by Maglioli, c. 1580-1610
A human head containing jostling human figures, 1929
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A la Arcimboldo, by Galchi
Portrait of Charles Darwin, by Deevad
Totem by Carolina Amoretti
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Works of André Martins De Barros
The Archimboldo Project of Klaus Enrique
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