Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527–1593) was a painter during the Renaissance period. He is best known for his portraits of people whose faces comprised fruits, vegetables, flowers and other inanimate objects. It has not been determined whether he was a bit loony, or if his work reflected a fascination with puzzles and riddles. Leonardo Da Vinci as well as other artists during the Renaissance would play similar visual tricks in their art work. Often Arcimboldo would paint what appeared to be a beautiful still life, but when reversed, would reveal a bizarre face.

The portrait that I have created here could be a meal that Signore Arcimboldo would have enjoyed at one time. Mussels sautéed with minced garlic and fennel in olive oil and white wine, with a side of creamy polenta. Shrimp marinara with fresh basil, served over pasta with steamed escarole and roasted fennel on the side. Plenty of crusty bread, freshly grated parmigiano cheese, and red wine.

This is my tribute to one of my favorite artists of all time. Buon Appetito!

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