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Rabbit hunt

1560

Artist
Pieter the Elder Bruegel (ca. 1525-1569)

Engraver
Pieter the Elder Bruegel (ca. 1525-1569)

Publisher
Hieronymus Cock (ca.1510-1570)

Etching

Height: 22.2 cm (sheet); Width: 29.9 cm (sheet); Width: 29.1 cm (plate mark); Height: 22.2 cm (plate mark);

Notes
Backing sheet is stored in the same box with the print.

Inscription
Inscription, inscribed, printed, ink, lower left, recto:
the last two digits of the dated mistakenly transposed
Inscription, inscribed, printed, ink, lower right, recto

Acquisition
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978
G.1978.PG.1

About this work
On a hill overlooking a river, a hunter takes aim at two rabbits as his dog looks on and another hunter appears to stalk him with a spear. The subject may illustrate a proverb: ‘He who pursues two rabbits at once, will lose both’. Bruegel designed numerous engravings for other artists to execute, but this rare etching is the only print he executed himself. The freedom afforded by the etching technique allowed him to render the scene with remarkable naturalism and to vividly evoke light and atmosphere. (Permanent collection label)



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