Sunday, December 17, 2017

18C Ladies dressed for hunting, fowling, & shooting in their Gameparks

1703 Duchess Franziska Sibylla Augusta of Saxony-Lauenburg and her son  Georg Ludwig by Ivenet

 1710 Electoral Princess Amalia Maria Josepha of Bavaria by Franz Joseph Winter 

 1720s Maria Zofia Czartoryska

 1725 Marie Leczinska, Queen of France by Jean Baptiste Martin, l'Ancien

 1727 Eleonore of Schwarzenberg with her son Joseph by Maximilian Hannel

 1745 Grooth - Catherine the Great of Russia

1746 Sophie-Marie, Countess Voss by Pesne

1748 John Wooton (British artist, 1686-1765) Lady Mary Churchill at the Death of the Hare

 1750 Lady in Hunting Costume, German Miniature

 1750 Maria Anna of Saxony, Electress of Bavaria - J A T Jahreszeiten 

1758 Maria Antonia of Fürstenberg by Franz Josef Weiss

 1700s Portrait of a lady from the Schaezlerpalais in Augsburg

1700s Portrait of an unknown lady

1770s The Ladies Shooting Poney published by Carington Bowles

1778 Miss Wicket and Miss Trigger published by Carington Bowles

1776 The Sporting Lady published by Sayer & Bennett

 1780 Female Fox Hunter by Collett

1781 Marie Antoinette in hunting attire by Louis Auguste Brun de Versoix

1787 The Countess of Effingham by George Haugh (British artist, 1755-1827)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

1600 Florence Villa Villa Medici di Montevettolini with Gardens & Hunting

Villa Medici di Montevettolini by Giusto Utens (Flemish artist, 1558-1609) who painted a series of 14 glasses of villas & their gardens near Florence.

This villa sitting on a high hill on the west slopes of Monte Albano, was built in 1595 by Grand Duke after-Ferdinando I. It sat at the edge of Barco Reale, a huge walled hunting reserve stretched from Poggio a Caino to include the whole of Monte Albano. It was a prime hunting destination. The Villa appears to have 2 walled vegetable gardens, orchards, and in the rear is a wide terraced garden with geometric parterres.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

1600 Florence Villa Gardens - Villa Ambrogiana for Hunting

Villa medicea l'ambrogiana by Giusto Utens (Flemish artist, 1558-1609) who painted a series of 14 glasses of villas & their gardens near Florence.

The Villa is Ambrogiana located on the left bank of the Arno along the river road from Florence to Livorno. Once a flourishing Medici hunting lodge, the Villa Ambrogiana formed share of a system of "villa-farms" designed to celebrate the power of the Medici dynasty, and it changed its function over time, becoming a self-sufficient production center that played an essential role in supplying provisions for the townhouses of the Grand Dukes.

The Villa's farm Ambrogiana was property of the Medici family in 1573. The villa was commissioned on the site of an existing mansion by Ferdinando I de 'Medici, the Cardinal who would become Roman Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1587. The new building, equipped with an oven, had corner towers as well as a central cloister with a cistern. When a plan was completed for the garden & the riverside entrance, the villa was furnished with a grotto decorated with stones, fossils, & reliefs by Giovan Battista del Tadda Ferrucci. The Villa Ambrosiana was a favorite leisure-time, hunting destination for members of the court as well as a comfortable resting place for guests of the Grand Dukes, as they made their way between Florence & Livorno. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dogs in Gardens & Gameparks from illuminations, tapestries, & even playing cards...

 Museum Meermanno, MMW, 10 B 25, Folio 15v

 15th century tapestry - detail of a dog

A Dog from the tapestry series The Lady and the Unicorn.

Unicorn tapestries hanging in the Queen’s Inner Hall of the Palace at Stirling Castle.

 A Mounted Battle with Gillion and Ertan the Saracen (detail), Lieven van Lathem, after 1464

 Detail from Diana and her maidens hunting in L'Epitre Othea, c 1410-14

Dog (from Historia Plantarum, ms. 459, Biblioteca Casanatense, Rome)

 Domenico Cavalca , Vite di Santi Padri. Domenico Cavalca. Auteur du texte 1401-1500

Errol Le Cain illustration for The Thorn Rose Detail

Gualenghi-d'Este Hours Taddeo Crivelli, illuminator; Guglielmo Giraldi, illuminator Italian, Ferrara, about 1469

Loyset Liedet, (active 1448-1478), The Garden of Love, Vellum, Dimensions unknown, Paris, Bibliotheque de I'Arsenat

 Medieval Bestiary Dog

 The Annunciation to the Shepherds (detail), Spitz Master, c1420

Taddeo Crivelli, white sleeping dog from the Bible of Borso d'Este, 1455

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

1600 Florence Villa Gardens - Villa Medicea La Magia for Good Hunting

Villa Medicea La Magia by Giusto Utens (Flemish artist, 1558-1609) who painted a series of 14 glasses of villas & their gardens near Florence

The core of the Villa La Magia Was built in the 14C by the family of Pistoia Panciatichi, on the Ombrone valley on the northern slopes of Monte Albano, a series of hills that marks the southern border of a plain which includes Prato, Pistoia & Florence itself. 

In the painting, the buildings surrounding the residence, together with the characters enliven the picture & underline the rural nature of the place. In front of the residence some noblemen are playing tennis, while in the foreground deer hunting prevails. The grounds were alive with game. On December 1595, Ferdinando I wrote to his wife, the Duchess Christina of Lorraine: "Today I had a Good hunting, and i had the time of my life, and I am sending you a great cart with eleven pigs, Because The cart Could not carry more. "

Monday, December 11, 2017

14C-16C Courtyards & Gameparks - Ladies on Horseback Hunting, Fighting, Celebrating

1338 Ambrogio Lorenzetti (or Ambruogio Laurati) (c. 1290-1348) Lady & Her Dog

 La Fleur des Histoires by Jean Mansel, 1450-80

Les anciennes Histoires des Romains Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 64, fol. 73r.

 Hunt with Hawks from the Hours of Duke de Berry, detail 1412-16

 Life of  Saint Jacques de Compostelle, 1386

Joan of Arc depicted on horseback, 1505 manuscript.

 Penthesilea as one of the Nine Female Worthies, 1460-70

  Roman du Chevalier, Tristan and Isolde, 15C.

Royal, Military and Court Costumes from the time of James I Folger Shakespeare Library

  Bodleian Alexander manuscript (MS Bodl. 264)

Bodleian, MS. Douce 195, detail of f. 109v Watched by Pity, Frankness, a woman on horseback, attacks the male Danger (Reserve) with lance Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung, Le roman de la rose. France, 15C

Saint Helena & Heraclius taking the Holy Cross to Jerusalem by Miguel Ximenes, 1481

Table Ronde 13C Universitätsbibliothek Bonn and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.  Folio 489, ii F.

Celebrating the month of May from the Breviarium Grimani by Gerard Horenbout, Alexander & Simon Bening (1483-1561)  c. 1510

 Celebrating The Month of May from the Hours of Duke de Berry 1412-16

Illustration from a Book of Poetry by Christine de Pisan,14th c. French School

Barbara of Celje from Manuscript  Bellifortis by Konrad Kyeser, c. 1405
 Venus and her children, the Wolfegg Housebook, c. 1475-1485
Lady probably hunting with hawks, mid 15C The British Museum playing cards printed by the German Monogrammist PW
 Lady on Horse by the German Monogrammist PW mid 15C The British Museum 

Lady on horse depicted on playing cards printed by the German Monogrammist PW mid 15C The British Museum