I was very fortunate to have visited the exhibition Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy last September in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, which I enjoyed very much. The paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo are simply unforgettable. They are playful, creative, funny, and the source of enjoyment for the whole family. You don't have to be an Art expert or even know much about history of Art, Italian Art of Renaissance, or the Emperors of Habsburg's dynasty, Ferdinand I, Maximilian II and his son Rudolf II for whom Archimbolde was employed as the court painter, to enjoy and admire his magic works. You simply look at the four figures from the Four Seasons, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring and become fascinated by the wild imagination and creativeness of the artist who had used for each figure dozens of images: flowering plants (Spring), fruits and vegetables (Summer), grapes and grains (Autumn), and the combination of dead wood and citrus for Winter. You will be spending even longer time in front of the four figures in the series Four Elements: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire that Giuseppe Arcimboldo created by the commission of the Emperor Maximilian II to celebrate the power and wealth of the Habsburg Emperors. Some of the most interesting paintings were The Jurist and The Librarian for which the painter used the attributes of each profession to create impressive and bizarre portraits. In "The Librarian" (c. 1566), the entire body is made up of books. Other examples of fascinating paintings are optical tricks or reversible paintings. When looked from different angle they turn to completely different paintings. Stand in front of The Vegetable Gardener or The Roast and you see the bowl of vegetables and the still-life of the roast on the plate . Glance down into the mirrors installed at a perpendicular angle to the paintings, and they will transform into the humorous portraits of the gardener and the cook. Both of the famous and enjoyable reversible paintings were presented at the exhibition. I walked over all exhibits more than once, and ended up in a small auditorium next to the exhibition where the 30 minutes long documentary Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy was shown repeatedly providing very interesting details of the artists' work, his time, and historical background of the epoch, and his legacy. Isabella Rossellini's narration added to the pleasure of the film. I watched it few times, and learned many interesting facts about Arcimboldo's art and life. He enjoyed popularity and success during his life time but then his works were forgotten for several hundred years. He was re-discovered in the beginning of the 20th century by the surrealists (Dali loved his work) and was proclaimed The First Surrealist. His works are very popular and beloved by the art lovers of all countries and all ages. There are a lot of references to his unique, beautiful, funny and fantastic paintings in the works of the modern artists, moviemakers, and writers, for example the animations of Jan Svankmajer. I re-watched the film created by the National Gallery of Art yesterday, and it brought back the memory of the wonderful exhibition of a truly fantastic and magical artist whose works stepped over the centuries to fascinate us and make us look beyond the surface of things.