Giuseppe Arcimboldo was born in Milan, the son of a painter Biagio. Under the patronage of Carlo Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan, his early career focused on ecclesiastical commissions, including work for the cathedral in Milan, Monza and Como. Nothing in his early work hints at the fantastical creations he would create for the Hapsburg court in Vienna and later in Prague.
* There is only one fully-attributed painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo sold in public auction in the last thirty years.
Books on Arcimboldo
Sylvia Ferino-Pagden, ed., Arcimboldo: Artista milanese tra Leonardo e Caravaggio, exh. cat. Milan, 2011.
Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Arcimboldo: Visual Jokes, Natural History, and Still-Life Painting, Chicago and London, 2009.
Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, The Mastery of Nature: Aspects of Art, Science, and Humanism in the Renaissance, Princeton, 1993.