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Hunting near Hartenfels Castle

Hunting near Hartenfels Castle

1540
(German, 1472–1553)
Framed: 133 x 185.5 x 7.3 cm (52 3/8 x 73 1/16 x 2 7/8 in.); Unframed: 116.8 x 170.2 cm (46 x 67 in.)

Did You Know?

Humans, dogs, and deer make up most of the creatures in this busy scene—but not all of them! Look closely at the background to spot a bear and three boars.

Description

The Protestant rulers of Saxony commissioned this animated hunt scene, set near their residence seen in the background, Hartenfels Castle (in eastern Germany). John Frederick the Magnanimous, in the bottom left corner, wears dark green hunting attire; he spans his crossbow and waits for his courtiers and dogs to chase a stag across the river. His wife, the Electress Sibylle, stands at right, poised to take the first ceremonial shot. The prince electors of Saxony were passionate practitioners of hunting with dogs—elaborate, highly rehearsed occasions, coordinated by the use of signals from hunting horns. Cranach dated this work and his signature is the winged snake at lower right. 1577 in the right corner is an inventory number.
  • 1540-1950s
    Royal Collection of Saxony, Schloss Hartenfels and Schloss Moritzburg, consigned to M.H. Drey
    Until 1958
    (M.H. Drey, London, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1958-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
    Provenance Footnotes
    1 On October 4, 1543, Cranach was paid 123 florins, 10 groschen, and 8 pfennig for various works (Staatsarchiv, Weimar Reg. Bb. 4551, Bl. 24b (Schuchardt [1851] 162ff.), including a hunting picture presented to Duke Maurice of Saxony [1521-1553], presumably the Cleveland painting.  Cranach had been appointed court painter to the Electors of Saxony in 1505 by Frederick the Wise.   A House of Saxony inventory number (1577) is inscribed in the lower right corner of the painting.  The painting remained at Schloss Hartenfels, Torgau for generations, and with the Dukes of Saxony at Schloss Moritzburg until the 1950s.  
  • Margaret H. Drey, letter to Henry Sayles Francis, April 9, 1959, in CMA curatorial file.
    Margaret H. Drey, letter to Henry Sayles Francis, March 18, 1959, in CMA curatorial file.
    Margaret H. Drey, letter to Henry Sayles Francis, March 18, 1959, in CMA curatorial file.


    Margaret H. Drey, letter to Henry Sayles Francis, April 9, 1959, in CMA curatorial file.
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