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Fishing by night on the Arno near Florence
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Fishing by night on the Arno near Florence

Circa 1578

Stradanus (1523 - 1605)

Height: 20.2 cm; Width: 28.9 cm;


Signed & ink (brown), lower right, stradanu

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
According to Vasari, the tapestries Stradanus designed for Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici were conceived by the ruler himself. By the end of the sixteenth century, the hunting theme was already a popular tapestry subject with the major courts of Europe. In this double scene, nighttime fishermen use candles to attract fish to the water’s surface while their counterparts use glimmering hooks during the day. At the centre, Diana, goddess of the hunt and the moon, joins the river god Arno shown resting on an urn. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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