Hunting for crocodile and hippopotamus, Rubens – a description of the picture

Hunting for crocodile and hippopotamus, Rubens – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Peter Paul Rubens
  • Museum: Pinacotka, Munich
  • Year: 1616

Description of the picture :

Hunting for crocodile and hippopotamus – Rubens. 1616

   Between 1615 and 1621, Rubens became interested in images of hunting scenes. What suddenly these stories attracted him? The painter experimented. He wanted to create paintings full of dynamics, rapid strength, excitement and disarming reality, while the shares of fiction and creative imagination were unchecked.

   One of the most famous works is “Hunting for a crocodile and hippo.”. This picture was to the liking of the public. Firstly, the interest in exotic unprecedented animals, so realistically depicted on the canvas, affected. Many people have never seen anything like it at all, while Rubens was very interested in exotic, just open on the African continent. A painter could visit the menagerie of noble nobles and study the outland animals, which would then form the basis of the plot of his picture.

   Secondly, Rubens’s work is so emotional – a large foreground, energy, dynamics, all this made the viewer an involuntary participant in the hunting process and this could not but like the person who was overwhelmingly surrounded by paintings on religious and mythological subjects, calm, everyday scenes and ceremonial portraits.

   This picture does not bring any hidden meaning, and was created, first of all, for the entertainment of the painter himself, noble nobles and townspeople.