Bizzarie di varie figure
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Bizzarie di Varie Figure, published in 1624 in Livorno, and dedicated to Don Pietro Medici is a collection of fifty prints by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Braccelli. The depiction of a variety of human shapes aggregated from a variety of solids, objects or landscapes appears prescient of modern cubist experiments. In this book, he engraves baroque experiments recalling Arcimboldo, engaging in a rarified set of conceits. Some of the figures are composed of boxes or raquets or curlicues.
The book attracted very little notice until its rediscovery in Paris ca. 1950. Its rediscoverer, Alain Brieux, published a limited facsimile edition of the book in 1963, with a preface by Tristan Tzara.
Il Giornale Nuovo noted that "[T]hirty-two plates gathered under the title Bizzarie di varie figure. The title of this album was, the review said, most apt, as the figure studies therein were bizarre indeed, somewhat reminiscent, if anything, of the works of De Chirico, only three centuries before the fact."