Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

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

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]


Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

(via Victoria and Albert Museum)


French postcards

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]


Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

(via delcampe and Cartes Postales Anciennes)

A human head containing jostling human figures, 1929

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

(via Wellcome Images)

A la Arcimboldo, by Galchi

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW](via Galchi/DeviantArt)

Portrait of Charles Darwin, by Deevad

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

(via Deevad/DeviantArt)

Totem by Carolina Amoretti

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]


Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

(via Carolina Amoretti)

Works of André Martins De Barros

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The Archimboldo Project of Klaus Enrique

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]


Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

(via Klaus Enrique)