The Vision of Saint Eustace

The story is told of Saint Eustace that while out hunting he saw a stag with a Crucifix between its antlers and was converted to Christianity. Pisanello appears to have used both drawings from pattern books as well as studies from life for the animals and birds which appear in the landscape.

The patron of this private devotional work is not known. Nor is it known why the scroll at the bottom, which might be expected to give the artist’s name, has been left blank.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1394? - 1455
Full title
The Vision of Saint Eustace
Date made
about 1438-42
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
54.8 x 65.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1895
Inventory number
Location in Gallery