La Chasse au Faucon

Artist: Paul Delamain  (French, 1821-1882)

Title: La Chasse au Faucon

Medium: Oil on Canvas

The falcon hunt, or falconry is hunting with trained falcons.  Evidence suggests that the art of falconry may have begun in Mesopotamia, with the earliest accounts dating to approximately 2,000 BC. A popular theme in Orientalist art, this painting shows a hunting party watching falcons take down prey.

This is a family large painting and the artist has shown a large group of hunters spread across the picture plane. In comparison the space given to the falcons is rather small.  If it where not for all the riders looking towards the birds it would actually be very easy to miss the struggle between the hunter and the hunted. It makes one wonder where the focal point of the painting is. 

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