CARRACCI, Annibale
(b. 1560, Bologna, d. 1602, Roma)


Oil on canvas, 136 x 253 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

This painting and its companion piece, The Fishing was executed by Carracci in his period in Bologna. At this time he was extremely interested in landscape, and his experiments are a foreshadowing of Poussin's classical compositions; but in these pictures he is exploring in a different direction, in the tradition of Bassani, whose studios continued to turn out landscapes which were prized all over Europe.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 9 minutes):
Joseph Haydn: The Seasons, Part 3 Autumn, aria and chorus (Hunters' chorus)