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The hunting scenes of Peter Paul Rubens are amongst the most famous of his career
It was between 1615 and 1621 that Rubens concentrated on this genre and found his best work during this time very easy to sell on. There were also sales of the original study drawings which offer an insight into his anatomical technical practice.
Amongst the wide selection of hunting scenes, both drawings and oil paintings, it is undoubtably his artwork titled Hippopotamus and Crocodile Hunt that is the most respected.
Wolf and Fox Hunt stands at 376.2cm wide by 245.4cm high and can now be found on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. Whilst we refer to this being part of the hunting genre, it was Rubens who actually invented this whole concept. With hunting being such a much loved pastime of the landed gentry, it would prove a popular avenue to go down.
There was also much interest from an artistic sense, an opportunity to combine human and animal anatomies plus also the huge activity that would flood the canvas in these types of scenes. This website also features Lion Hunt.
Those looking to see the original Lion Hunt in all its considerable glory can take advantage of some of the other fine artworks currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. These include The Death of Socrates by Jacques Louis David, Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga by Francisco de Goya, Study of a Young Woman and Young Woman with a Water Pitcher by Vermeer and a self-portrait by Rembrandt, to name just a few.