Among Cranach’s duties as saxon court painter was to preserve important scenes of courtly life in his pictures. Here we have a bird’s-eye view of a large hunt in which the deer have been driven to the bend in a river, where their only choice is to go into the water. On the other side, the noble hunters have taken position with their crossbows. We can recognise Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony, Emperor Maximilian I and Elector John the Steadfast.
80 x 114 cm
Inscribed on the trunk of the tree in the centre front with the snake with standing wings, dat. 1529
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1621 Prague; since 1894 in the gallery
Kaiser Maximilian I. Sohn d. Friedrich III. von Habsburg (1459 - 1519) - GND
Kurfürst Friedrich III. der Weise Sohn des Ernst von Sachsen (1463 - 1525) - GND
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