Renaissance Paintings Come to Life as Giant Sculptures Representing the Four Seasons

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We first saw artist Philip Haas’s tremendous The Four Seasons sculptures in 2013 and now, two years later, they continue to dazzle viewers all across the country. This breathtaking series has relocated earlier this year. Currently, the massive sculptures are located at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Each figure towers above visitors, capturing the essence of its respective season and paying homage to painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s world-renowned portrait series of the same name.

While the classic and modern works of art perfectly display nature’s rhythmic cycles, there’s one distinct difference: Arcimboldo’s works are two-dimensional paintings; whereas, Haas’s sculptures are three-dimensional, 15-feet high structures that invite viewers to walk around and take in the full scope of each figure. Both the paintings and sculptures reimagine the human face as botanical creations using lush flowers, ripe fruits, and earthy vegetables that represent each of the four seasons.

If you head over to Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art anytime between now through October 18th, you can see that Spring’s cheeks are blossoming rose buds, while Winter’s headdress is composed of bare tree branches and twisted ivy. No matter what the season, onlookers are encouraged to learn more about Renaissance master Arcimboldo, while they admire Haas’s incredibly elaborate, contemporary homage.

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