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Stag Hunt of Elector Frederick the Wise

1529, Artist: Lucas Cranach d. Ä.



Stag Hunt of Elector Frederick the Wise

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.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal XI

Object data

Object Name







Lucas Cranach d. Ä. (1472 Kronach - 1553 Weimar) - GND




80 x 114 cm


Inscribed on the trunk of the tree in the centre front with the snake with standing wings, dat. 1529

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 3560


1621 Prague; since 1894 in the gallery

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