Löwenjagd
Peter Paul Rubens mit Jan Wildens (1577-1640)

Löwenjagd,

1621
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
248,7 x 377,3 cm
Displayed
AP OG Saal VII
Department
Flämische Malerei
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
602
Acquisition
Aus der Kurfürstlichen Galerie, München
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubensmit Jan Wildens, Löwenjagd, 1621, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/9pL3QMj4eb (Last updated on 23.05.2022)
Rubens captures a moment, full of affection, in its dramatic climax: Horses rear up and lash out with their hooves while huntsmen thrust their spears into the lion. One draws back his sword and is about to strike down the quarry. The focal point of the scene is the motif of the rider being attacked by a lion and pulled off his horse, as already shown in the Munich oil sketch (inv. no. 15475). The motif of the claws that the lion digs into the horse’s body has been taken from Classical art and the horses themselves are influenced by Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Battle of Anghiari’.

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