Aucupium – Allegory of bird hunting
Traditionally, falconry was considered to be the most noble form of hunting and was therefore the exclusive preserve of princes. Peter Candid's painting shows in detail the apparel used for falconry, from the sumptuously decorated falcon hood to the elaborately embroidered game bag of the assistant in the background. Trained in Florence, Candid had already been appointed by Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria to the court in Munich. The painting, which formerly served as a ceiling fresco, is exemplary for the master's large-figure compositions and contrasting colours.