Gamepiece with a Dead Heron

Jan Weenix Dutch

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Likely destined for a townhouse, this decorative painting evokes the bounty of the hunt on a country estate. A heron and other dead birds spill out of a game bag next to a large neoclassical urn. The animal trophies figure as a natural feature of the courtly landscape, while the tumult of the hunt remains offstage. In the background, aristocratic figures stroll at the edge of an ornamental pond, complete with gliding swans.

This painting was seized by the Nazis from the collection of Baron Alphonse Mayer Rothschild (1878–1942) in Vienna and restituted to his widow, Baroness Clarice Rothschild, in 1948.

Gamepiece with a Dead Heron, Jan Weenix (Dutch, Amsterdam ca. 1641?–1719 Amsterdam), Oil on canvas

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