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The Cover
June 17, 2009


JAMA. 2009;301(23):2420. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.602

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593), the Mannerist painter best known for his work in Vienna and in Prague, learned aspects of his trade at the hand of his Milanese artist father Biagio. The son soon eclipsed the parent, and the stained glass window of St Catherine of Alexandria, completed by Giuseppe before 1558, still stands in the Milan cathedral. For another commission, Giuseppe produced tributes to St Ambrose, the patron saint and 4th-century Bishop of Milan. Later in Monza and in Como, Arcimboldo continued to design tapestries and ecclesiastical articles. Ancestral connections to several archbishops have been called into question by new scholarship, although the Arcimboldo family's creative tendencies have been confirmed: in addition to his father, Giuseppe's paternal uncle Ambrogio was an artist.

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