National Gallery of Canada
Jan Van Der Straet (called Stradanus)
Hunting Scene, c. 1580-1596
Pen and brown ink with brown wash over black chalk,
heightened with white, on laid paper
Flemish by birth, Stradanus worked primarily in Florence. This drawing relates to the artist’s most ambitious print publication – a set of engravings illustrating various modes of hunting. This study portrays a hunt for skylarks in which falcons were used to frighten the birds into a trap of twigs coated in sticky lime. The drawings for this series are among the highest achievements of Renaissance draughtsmanship.