I’m not here to quibble over the brilliance of Archimboldo’s famous portrait, The Librarian (c. 1566):

I realize that it’s, like, a metaphor. And therefore deep. And that its subject is a significant figure in his own right, and therefore the historical resonance of his career makes it even deeper.

But I also need to point something out to the cover designers at the various academic presses of the world: this painting has now graced the covers of many, many academic books. Read “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” and come up with another idea already, willya? Geez.

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