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Woodcutters Working at a Deer Park (from the Hunting Parks Tapestries) RE552642

Woodcutters Working at a Deer Park (from the Hunting Parks Tapestries) RE552642

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Introducing "Woodcutters Working at a Deer Park," a captivating tapestry from the distinguished Hunting Parks series, crafted in the lush workshops of South Netherlandish weavers circa 1515–35. Currently gracing the walls of The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305, this piece is a vivid portrayal of aristocratic life intertwined with rustic labor.

In this masterful scene, one of a set of four, woodsmen are depicted in the throes of their daily tasks within the serene confines of a hunting park. One robust figure stands astride a fallen tree trunk, wielding a wedge and mallet with practiced ease, while docile deer nestle nearby, a picture of pastoral tranquility. Outside the park’s boundary, near a gracefully wrought gate, another woodsman prunes branches, observed by three nobles whose fine garments and glittering jewels mark a striking contrast to the rugged attire of the workers.

This tapestry does more than simply depict a scene; it invites the viewer into a layered narrative where the world of privilege meets the natural rhythm of woodland toil. Crafted for the chambers of the aristocracy, it serves as a window into a bygone era, capturing the subtle interplay between human endeavor and the genteel leisure of the noble class.

"Woodsman Working at a Deer Park" is not merely a decorative item but a statement piece, reflecting a deep appreciation for historical narrative and the skilled craftsmanship of its weavers. It is an essential acquisition for collectors and enthusiasts who value the confluence of art, history, and social commentary.

 

Woodcutters Working at a Deer Park (from the Hunting Parks Tapestries) RE552642

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