Hoffman Hans - A Hare in the Forest Fine Art Print

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 25 old masters

An archival premium Quality art Print of A Hare in the Forest by Hans Hoffman for sale by Brandywine General Store. This oil on canvas is now located at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles California and the original size is 30.9 by 24.5 inches. In this work, Hoffman combined two of Albrecht Durer's famed prototypes into one of the first paintings to ever focus on an animal in its natural habitat. This painting not only demonstrates the northern tradition of naturalism in the Renaissance, but also represents the growth of patronage outside of the Church during the Renaissance period. A Hare in the Forest was commissioned by Rudolf II Hapsburg, King of Hungary and Bohemia, who was the greatest art patron in the world at this time. Many of the greatest living scientists and artists were employed at Rudolf's court and in 1585 Hoffmann was invited and appointed as the court painter. The Getty museum purchases this painting at auction by Sotheby's for 2.6 million against an estimate of 1 to 1.5 million in the year 2001. The scene shows a large brown hare setting in the forest with a thistle to the left and a blue wildflower on its right, while he is nibbling on a piece of grass. In the front of the rabbit the forest floor is teeming with insects, shown are butterflies, grasshopper, snails, frogs, lizards and more. Behind the rabbit are trees and a bird over its head. Old Masters art print #25

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