Arcimboldo Exhibition Rome Palazzo Barberini

The Arcimboldo exhibition in the Palazzo Barberini in Rome is held from October 20th until February 11th 2018. It is the first time that such a large scale exhibition dedicated to this 16th century Milanese artist is held in Rome.

Arcimboldo Exhibition Rome

Practical Information

Title exhibition: Arcimboldo. Duration: From October 20th, 2017 till February 11th, 2018. Address: Palazzo Barberini, via delle Quattro Fontane, 13 – Rome. Reservations: +39 0681100257. Opening hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 09.00 till 20.30h; Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays from 09.00 till 22.00h. Last entrance is one hour before closing time. Closed: Mondays, January 1, December 25. Admission: 15 Euros; 13 Euros for university students between 18 and 25 and for everybody on the first Sunday of the month; free for those younger than 18. The audioguide is included in the ticket. If you also visit the permanent collection of the museum, admission is only 10 Euros. Special hours on December 24, 31 (09.00-18.00), December 26 and January 6 (09.00-22.00).

The Exhibition

Arcimboldo Exhibition Rome

The exhibition consists of around twenty drawings and paintings by Giuseppe Arcimboldi (1526-1593), who is better known as Arcimboldo. The works are on loan from both Italian and international museums.

Arcimboldo learnt his trade in the workshop of his father, who was one of Leonardo da Vinci‘s followers. He was especially famous because of his depictions of faces made up of fruits and flowers. He is seen as one of the most important exponents of the Mannerist movement of the time. Arcimboldo was also a poet and was even made into a count.

Amongst the paintings on display are some of the artist’s most famous works, including the “Seasons” and the “Elements”, the “Jurist’, the “Cook” and the “Priapus/Ortolano”. The latter is on loan from the Museo Civico di Cremona and depicts the fertility God Priapus. Seen upside down however it depicts a bowl full of vegetables.

There are a number of portraits, the coat-of-arms of the city of Como and windows of the Duomo in Milan. His watercolor paintings made at the various European courts are also represented.

Not everything in the exhibition was the work of the artist himself. There are copies of his paintings, objects from the imperial Wunderkammern (“Cabinets of Curiosities”) and objects from the coin shops and applied art shops in Milan of the time. Other works characteristic of the period were the many drawings of plants, fruit and animals.


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