Wolf and Fox Hunt

Peter Paul Rubens Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 621

With characteristic business acumen, Rubens created a market for a new art form: very large hunting scenes painted on canvas, of which this one is the first. These monumental paintings took the place of tapestries, a significantly more expensive medium at the time. This canvas was originally even larger, before being trimmed to fit in a collector’s home. Rubens painted the picture with the help of assistants but declared that the wolves were his own work.

Wolf and Fox Hunt, Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp) and Workshop, Oil on canvas

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