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The Conversion of Saint Hubert

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Jan de Beer, The Conversion of Saint Hubert, 1520, oil on wood, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, public domain, 61.50

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Title

The Conversion of Saint Hubert

Artist

Jan de Beer (Netherlandish, ca. 1475-before 1528)

Date

1520

Period

Late Renaissance (mid-late 16th century)

Medium

oil on wood

Dimensions (H x W x D)

12 1/2 in x 22 1/2 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

Flemish

Credit Line

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number

61.50

Copyright

public domain

Terms

antlers

cross

Good Friday

Object Stories

oil paint

paintings

Saint Hubert

saints

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

stag

wood

Description

Jan de Beer is regarded as one of the central figures of a style known as Antwerp Mannerism. The term describes works painted by a group of Antwerp artists between 1500 and 1530, whose elongations and distortions are an expression of late Gothic art.

De Beer's choice of subject matter also reflects the influence of late medieval culture; St. Hubert was widely venerated during this period. A former courtier, he is depicted here during his moment of conversion when, while hunting on Good Friday, he came across a stag with a crucifix between its antlers. Heeding the stag's warning to change his ways, the pleasure-loving Hubert left the courtly life to become a priestly servant of Bishop Lambert of Maastricht.

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