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Hunting with a Hawk (from the Hunting Parks Tapestries)

ca. 1515–35
South Netherlandish
Wool and silk thread
Overall: 134 1/2 x 95 1/2in. (341.6 x 242.6cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
This tapestry belongs to a larger set of four, featuring activities that take place within and around an enclosed hunting park. Here, hawking is the focus. At center, a youth sits astride a rearing horse while he watches his falcon bring down a bird. The folded back wings of the falcon are precisely observed, and capture the bird at the end of its dive. Outside the gated enclosure, one shepherd plays the bagpipes, another drinks, and a third dances with a shepherdess.
comte de Vauguyon, Paris; George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (by 1914)
Rubinstein-Bloch, Stella. Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, New York: Volume 4, Tapestries and Furniture, Mediaeval and Renaissance. Paris: A. Lévy, 1927. pl. X.

Songs of Glory: Medieval Art from 900 to 1500. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Museum of Art, 1985. no. 96, pp. 262-263.

Cavallo, Adolfo S. Medieval Tapestries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 49, pp. 574-585, fig. 171.

Cleland, Elizabeth. "Collecting Sixteenth-Century Tapestries in Twentieth-Century America: The Blumenthals and Jacques Seligmann." Metropolitan Museum Journal 50 (2015). p. 150.

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