The Stag Hunt

A work made of woodcut in black from two blocks on two sheets of cream laid paper, joined.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut in black from two blocks on two sheets of cream laid paper, joined.

Date:

c. 1506

Artist:

Lucas Cranach the Elder
German, 1472-1553

About this artwork

As the court artist of Elector Frederick of Saxony, Lucas Cranach the Elder had the privilege of depicting the courtly entertainment of the stag hunt. Cranach was renowned for his depictions of hunting trophies in illusionistic trompe l’oeil murals; his contemporaries even claimed that his animal imagery was so lifelike that birds tried to land on the painted stags’ antlers. The grand scale of this two-part woodcut allowed Cranach to include copious details of the deer and dogs; the visible seam in the center demonstrates that the printing shop was not necessarily interested in matching the sides perfectly.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Lucas Cranach, the Elder

Title

The Stag Hunt

Origin

Germany

Date

1501–1511

Medium

Woodcut in black from two blocks on two sheets of cream laid paper, joined

Dimensions

370 x 510 mm (image/block)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1945.62

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