Wolf and Fox Hunt

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May 7, 2015

Wolf and Fox Hunt The aspect of painted works of art, which makes them such immensely significant historical artifacts, is their tendency to reflect the social, cultural and political values of their particular artist as well as the time period and region in which they originate. The Baroque era of 17th century Europe was certainly no exception to this trend and, over a relatively short period, an entire generation of talented painters would rise to fame across the continent, names which are still as recognizable today as they were hundreds of years ago, such as Caravaggio, Titian and Veronese. While their paintings are the only thing left behind from the legacies of these great figures, they say a great deal about the artist themselves and what factors impacted their creative prowess, which is absolutely essential in cultivating modern historians’ understanding of this time period and its norms. In terms of Baroque artists who were influential across Europe both in an artistic, stylistic and political sense, one must look no further than the great Peter Paul Rubens. Rubens was infamous for his highly naturalistic, very movement and color driven works that do an excellent job of highlighting the realistic beauty of a scene while also bringing out a certain veristic appearance in depicted figures, which result in a breathtaking visual display, drawing the viewer’s attention to various points of interest across its composition. One particular work, which was executed towards the middle of his long career but perfectly represents this trend in Rubens’s style is Wolf and Fox Hunt, completed around 1616 with aid in his workshop in Antwerp. This painting, soon followed by a set of four other large hunting scenes he would produce for the Duke of Bavaria in 1617, marked a new thematic topic, which had never before been…...

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