The Cook
  • TitleThe Cook
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on wood
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 52,5 x 41 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 66 x 55 x 6 cm
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Italian, born 1527, dead 1593
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 6897
  • AcquisitionGift 1993 Nationalmusei Vänner
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1622 16th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    The Chef is two paintings in one. If you turn it one way, it shows a lid being lifted from a plate filled with delicious steaks. When the artwork is turned upside down, you see a male face, where the bird's body becomes a scruffy nose and its head the man's eye. The dish turns into a beret, with the lemon slice as an elegant medallion, and the lid makes a collar. The Chef was once part of Emperor Rudolf II's collection in Prague.