The Roman divinity of seasons, changes and ripening of plant life. He is the patron of gardens and fruit trees. Vertumnus' cult was introduced in Rome around 300 BCE and a temple was built on the Aventine Hill in 264 BCE.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Vertumnus is one of the latest, and perhaps the very best surviving example of the artist’s ‘composed heads’. He painted it in 1591, during his final visit to his native Milan. The fruit and flora in the picture suggest the features of the Emperor Rudolf II, Arcimboldo’s patron. Vertumnus’ time is the harvest