Arcimboldo :The Spring.
In 1562 in Vienna and Prague Arcimboldo the load of portraitist-copyist near the emperor Ferdinand Ier then for his Maximilien son ensures. Spring is a teenager. Its face consists of fresh flowers and sheets. The dominant colors are: green, yellow and red. They is the "made up heads" it is with saying fruit assemblies, vegetables or objects suggesting of the portraits or the allegories which contribute to famous of Arcimboldo.
The origin of the " heads made up " of Arcimboldo goes back with the Antiquity and the tradition of the formed bacchic masks of grape and vineleaves. These tables, often copied, will be a considerable success.
The series of the Seasons, offered to Auguste of Saxony, suggests that its capacity is eternal like that of the emperor.
In these disturbed times, this gift of a catholic emperor to a prince Lutheran testifies to a will of mediation, of alliance between the Christian houses, against the Turks who threaten the Occident.