The Killing of the Wild Boar
- (designed c. 1528-31) tapestry of wool, silk, and silver and gilt-metal-wrapped thread
- 14 ft. 5 1/4 in. x 19 ft. 10 1/4 in. (440 x 605 cm.)
- Musé du Louvre
The work shown here is one of a set of 12 tapestries depicting ‘The Hunts of Maximilian’ in a zodiacal calendar format. The central figure on horseback, Maximilian I – Habsbourg king of Germany (1486-1519) – is the character killing the wild boar in this Capricorn tapestry for December.
Here is a close up of the wild boar above:
About the Artist
Bernaert van Orley, Flemish, (1491/2-1542). Bernard (or Bernaert or Barend) van Orley was a Netherlandish painter of religious subjects and portraits as well as a designer and draftsman of tapestries and stained glass.