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Sharing Out the Game

Artist: Barend van Orley
(Brussels ca. 1488 – 1541 Brussels)

Date: between 1528 and 1530
Medium: pen and brown ink, blue, light green, pink and yellow wash on paper
Dimensions: 376 × 577 mm
Classification: drawing
Inventory Number: 1365
Department: Prints and Drawings

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Sharing Out the Game

Probably commissioned by Charles V, Barend van Orley drew preparatory designs for twelve tapestries, now in the Louvre, showing hunting scenes of Emperor Maximilian I in the twelve months of the year. The Budapest drawing is a sketch for the tapestry representing the month of November, with a hunt feast. The artist depicted the lively scene in a wide clearing and set the numerous figures of his clear composition not in an idealized landscape but in a forest near Brussels.

Szilvia Bodnár