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 describes elaborate luncheon. Instead of the lord examining deer turds, as at the assembly of Gaston III, the Archduke Maximillian (later Emperor of Austria) is waiting for a feast to be served. A large fowl has already be placed and more food is on the way. Servants arrange to served wine cooling in a stream drink is placed on it.

Bernard Van Orley. The Month of June: The Hunts of the Maximilian (1531-1533), tapestry, wool, silk, gold and silver thread. Paris, Louvre; http://cartelen.louvre.fr/cartelen/visite?srv=car_not_frame&idNotice=14767&langue=en

Featured Image: Bernard Van Orley. The Month of June: The Hunts of the Maximilian (1531-1533), tapestry, wool, silk, gold and silver thread. Paris, Louvre; http://cartelen.louvre.fr/cartelen/visite?srv=car_not_frame&idNotice=14767&langue=en

See: Bernard Van Orley. The Month of June: The Hunts of the Maximilian (1531-1533), Paris, Louvre; http://cartelen.louvre.fr/cartelen/visite?srv=car_not_frame&idNotice=14767&langue=en ; Duke of York Edward de Langley, The Master of Game. (1413). Edited by William A Baillie Grohman and F. Baillie-Groham . London: Ballantyne, Hanson, 1904. Reprint Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005; Henry L. Savage, “Hunting in the Middle Ages.” Speculum 8:1 (1933): 30-41;