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Klaus Enrique Gerdes natural copies of Arcimboldo

Klaus Enrique Gerdes natural copies of Arcimboldo

A portrait of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II as the Roman God of the seasons Vertumnus by photographer Klaus Enrique Gerdes, left, and the original painted in 1590 by Italian Giuseppe Arcimboldo, right. Klaus Enrique Gerdes natural copies of Arcimboldo

Klaus Enrique Gerdes natural copies of Arcimboldo
Having seen these incredible works of art for the first time, I thought that these works are masterpieces of the famous Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593), who is known for his creative human portraits of fruits, vegetables and flowers. New York based photographer Klaus Enrique Gerdes has created a series of original portraits made also of vegetables, fruits and flowers. Klaus was born in 1975, grew up in Mexico city, studied genetics at the university of Nottingham, Business school in New York.

Flower portrait by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Flower portrait by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Flower portrait by Klaus Enrique Dzerdes

Flower portrait by Klaus Enrique

Klaus Enrique shared his photo experience with daily.mail – ‘I decided to recreate Arcimboldo’s work, and eventually to create my own images with his paintings as inspiration. Making each sculpture takes about three days, and is a bit of an emotional roller coaster. In the beginning, I start to see everything take shape, and it is very encouraging. However, once the work gets further along and start comparing it to the original painting, I’ll notice some inconsistencies.

‘Much has been said about how the subjects in Arcimboldo paintings are proportionally correct; but every single one of those items is imaginary, and I think he stretched them beyond reality in some instances. ‘For example, in one of the paintings the nose is a small, yet perfectly shaped pear. When we were unable to find a suitable match, I decided to substitute the pear for a small sweet potato.

Klaus Enrique Gerdes natural copies of Arcimboldo

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