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Studio of Bonifazio di Pitati, A Huntsman

Key facts
Full title A Huntsman
Artist Studio of Bonifazio di Pitati
Artist dates 1487 - 1553
Date made early 16th century
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 116.9 × 64.8 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1855
Inventory number NG2145
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
A Huntsman
Studio of Bonifazio di Pitati

This small painting of a huntsman is probably by Bonifazio or his studio. It is painted on canvas and was probably made to decorate a piece of domestic furniture. It may derive from a series representing the Labours of the Months, similar to the later series by a Venetian artist in the National Gallery’s collection.

In the background a huntsman follows his hound as it chases into the woods after what appears to be a hare. The huntsman in the foreground stands on a stone parapet, which may relate to the painting’s original setting. He has a rabbit tied by its ears to the stick over his shoulder and he carries a spear in his left hand. The two huntsmen are dressed in similar clothes and the two scenes are probably intended to form a continuous narrative.

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