During the second half of the sixteenth century, the château at Fontainebleau became a flourishing center of artistic production, where Italian, French, and Franco-Flemish artists worked together. The elegance and lyricism of this sheet are typical of the decorations carried out into the first decade of the seventeenth century. The subject is from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The hunter Cephalus, in the right background, has hurled his javelin toward a noise in the woods. Unbeknownst to him, it has not struck an animal but instead has tragically pierced the breast of his beloved wife, Procris.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
See Ovid, "Metamorphoses", VII: 795-866.