Lucas Cranach, you have painted yourselfInto a corner where you look out acrossThe centuries, trying to say somethingYou have not said in your paintingThe Hunt, a tapestry of hounds and deer,Crossbows and hunters, surmountedBy a medieval pink and white castleWhere no one ever lived. Your self– Portrait in this corner says: my heartWas with the stags that fell bloodyBy the river. I mourned the fallow does.—Mac Hammond, “The Hunt (The Prado)”Art Credit Sebastien Chou

Lucas Cranach, you have painted yourself
Into a corner where you look out across
The centuries, trying to say something
You have not said in your painting
The Hunt, a tapestry of hounds and deer,
Crossbows and hunters, surmounted
By a medieval pink and white castle
Where no one ever lived. Your self–
Portrait in this corner says: my heart
Was with the stags that fell bloody
By the river. I mourned the fallow does.

Mac Hammond, “The Hunt (The Prado)”
Art Credit Sebastien Chou

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