FLANDERS - BRUSSELS
The Month of December from the series “The Hunts of Maximilian”
Size: m. 3,27 x 3,16 - 10’7” H x 10’3” W
Age: mid XVII century.
Condition: very good.
The Maximilian Hunts is one of the most famous series ever woven in the history of tapestries.
The first series was woven between 1529 and 1531 for the first owners, the Dukes of Guise in honor of Maximilian I.
The legendary set of the scene is the Soignes forest, close to Brussels.
The present panel is inspired by the original 16th century Bernard van Orley design and the main figures of the two attendants are taken from the Orley composition depicting July together with the church in the background identifiable in Rouge-Cloitre.
In the middle of the upper border we can see the inscription “Deceber” associated with the zodiac sign of Capricornus.
For a comprehensive discussion on the series, see Daniel Alcouffe, Les Chasses de Maximilien, , Musée du Louvre. Department des objects d’art, Edition de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, 1993 pg 22 -23.