Discover and share stories

of adventure, connection, and change making.

2 people think this is good

Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s 16th Century Optical Illusion Paintings

Creative Visual Art

Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo was born in Milan in 1524 and began painting stained glass window designs before transitioning to portraits.

At first glance the paintings look like a portrait but upon closer inspection you can see they are wonderfully arranged compositions consisting of fruits, vegetables, birds, books and other carefully arranged objects. His unusual art, ideas and vision resulted in many to believe Arcimboldo didn’t just have a creative mind, but was possibly mentally ill

Continue to



  1. {{}}
  1. {{fields.video_link.url}}

Ready to post! You’ve uploaded the maximum number of images.

Your video is ready to post!

Oops! Nice pic, but it’s just not our (file) type. Please try uploading a .jpg or .png image.

Well, this is embarrassing. Something went wrong when posting your comment. Care to try again?

That image is too large. Maximum size is 6MB.

Please enter a valid URL from YouTube or Vimeo.

Embedding has been disabled for this video.


Posting comment...

  • Yasha Wallin

    Incredible. And perfect post for our food theme this month!

    • Creative Visual Art

      I thought they were really cool as well. What really surprised me was that Arcimboldo was doing this in the 16th Century! Very avant garde.
      You can see more of his work if you follow the link and there's also a whole website dedicated to his work that you might find helpful.