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- Hare Hunting. San Baudelio in Casillas de Berlanga
- Twelfth Century
- Mural painting transferred to canvas
- 183 cm x 355 cm
- Genre and Society
- On display
- San Baudelio de Casillas de Berlanga, Soria, 1926; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva Yrk, 1926-1957; ingresa en el Museo del Prado como depósito temporal indefinido del Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1957.
This set of mural paintings that adorned the interior of the early eleventh-century Mozarabe church of San Baudelio de Berlanga was taken off the walls and exported to the United States in 1926, where it was divided among different institutions. Pieces from that set are now exhibited in museums in Boston and Indianapolis, and at the Cloisters Museum in New York.
The six fragments were part of the decoration of the inner register of the nave of the Hermitage of San Baudelio, and the front of the choir stalls. All of the subjects were secular. The compositions are simple, using primary colors, and the figures are flat, with very summary profiles.
Hare Hunting, which was on the north wall alongside Deer Hunting (P07268), shows a hunter on horseback in an almost frontal view, like the Soldier. With a trident in his hand, he looses three dogs to course the hares —symbols of concupiscence— and drive them into the net he has set.
Access to the six fragments: Elephant (P07264); Hare Hunting (P07265); Deer Hunting (P07268); Soldier or Beater (P07266); Curtain (P07267); Bear (P07263).