MERIAN, Matthäus the Younger
(b. 1621, Basel, d. 1687, Frankfurt)

Landgrave Friedrich of Hessen-Eschwege

Oil on canvas, 190 x 84 cm
Jagdschloss Grunewald, Berlin

The Jagdschloss Grunewald is a relatively modest hunting lodge in Berlin begun by the Kurfurst Joachim II of Brandenburg in the early sixteenth century. It is located in the woods, close to the city's suburbs. Many Dutch, Flemish, and German painting - mostly dating between the sixteenth and early eighteenth centuries - decorates the building. One of these paintings is Merian's eccentric likeness of Landgrave Friedrich of Hessen-Eschwege surrounded by falcon, hawk, and buzzard. The Landgrave came to the Hohenzollern court to teach falconry in 1651.