Emperor Maximilien’s Halte de Chasse circa 1531

Emperor Maximilien’s Halte de Chasse circa 1531

Bernard Van Orley’s The Month of June from the series of hunting motifs known as The Hunts of Maximilian [Les Chasses de Maximilien] (1531-1533) contrast with the assembly in Gaston Phoebus’s The Book of the Hunt (1389). Instead of the hunter’s table at sunrise, Orley...
Jan Miel’s La Merienda

Jan Miel’s La Merienda

Jan Miel’s tired hunters halt on the hunt by a rustic inn. They are clustered around a cloth on the ground organizing a meal of sliced ham, cheese, bread, and wine. A century later, Jean-Antoine Watteau’s and followers’ repas de chasse are...
Gaston’s Book of the Hunt

Gaston’s Book of the Hunt

Gaston III, Count of Foix, was nicknamed Phoebus in recognition of his golden hair. He was a second-tier noble whose domain was Béarn, bordering the Pyrenees in southwestern France. Gaston was immensely rich, unlucky in love, delighted to compose poetry, and...
Van Loo’s Halte de chasse

Van Loo’s Halte de chasse

As usual among the French, a halt on the hunt is never referred to as a picnic, although that is exactly what it is. Carle Andre Van Loo’s Halte de chasse is a narrative of a stop during the hunt, at which the ladies meet the hunters at a predetermined place,...