Esau’s Hunt

Esau’s Hunt

Esau’s Hunt

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France, circa 1550
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The two fireplaces in the Constable’s bedroom were decorated with scenes from the story of Jacob. On one side Esaü Hunting (Genesis 27:3-5) is represented in a picturesque landscape, whose identity is ensured by a small rectangular cartouche embellished with the words The Benediction of Jacob (Genesis 27:6-29), elsewhere, Jacob Guarding the Herds of Laban and in a small cartouche Jacob’s Ladder. The story of Jacob corresponds wonderfully to that of Anne of Montmorency: the youngest child and the son of a youngest child who, through a combination of circumstances, ended up at the head of his illustrious family. After having held the highest titles under the reign of François I, he was disgraced starting in 1541 and, like Jacob, took advantage of his separation to build his fortune of landholdings. The reconciliation with Esau could symbolise the regaining of royal favour under Henry II in 1547. The central medallion painted like an oval trompe-l’oeil frame gives plenty of room to the landscape; it stands out against the golden background imitating the recurring mosaics on the twelve castle fireplaces and between two figures, each holding the sword of Constable Anne of Montmorency and lifting up the curtains decorated with the avalerions of his coat of arms.