Mar 30, 2007
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 24, 2012

A Rooster and Turkey Fighting

A Rooster and Turkey Fighting

c. 1680

Melchior de Hondecoeter

(Dutch, 1636–1695)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 164.5 x 193 x 10 cm (64 3/4 x 76 x 3 15/16 in.); Unframed: 137.2 x 166.4 cm (54 x 65 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1986.59



One of the most fashionable artists of his time, Hondecoeter specialized in paintings of domestic and exotic birds, and other animals. Here the composition is enlivened by the swirl and excitement of the fighting rooster and turkey, set in
a garden with classical architecture. A large picture like this must have been placed high over a fireplace in a rich Amsterdam house.

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Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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