The far reaching influence of Arcimboldo spanned into the 18th century as seen in the present lot, through which his originality lives on. The author of this innovative representation of Herod was clearly aware of Arcimboldo's work, and its core influence is indeed that of the Milanese inventor of this anthropomorphic type.
1. B. Geiger, 'I Dipinti Ghiribizzosi di Giuseppe Arcimboldi: Pittore Illusinista del Cinquecento (1527-1593),' Florence 1954, p. 67, reproduced figs. 82 and 83.
2. Ibid., fig. 81.
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