Are These Composite Portraits Whimsical Or Horrifying? [NSFW]

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Thanks to the phenomenon of pareidolia, we're able to see human faces almost anywhere. But when you see a human face made out of bugs, or fruit, or naked women, is it delightful, or creepy? Or a little of both?

This phantasmagorical technique of composite portraiture was invented by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a 16th century Italian painter — but people have taken it in many weird and fascinating directions since then. See for yourself!

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Archimboldesque Heads by Maglioli, c. 1580-1610

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French postcards

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A human head containing jostling human figures, 1929

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A la Arcimboldo, by Galchi

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Portrait of Charles Darwin, by Deevad

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Totem by Carolina Amoretti

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Works of André Martins De Barros

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The Archimboldo Project of Klaus Enrique

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