fighting geese – study for an altarpiece

fighting geese - study for an altarpiece
2018/04/06 08:39 – NIKON D7200 + 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 lens at 750 mm 35mm eq., f/11, 1/2500 sec, ISO 1250

Fighting Egyptian geese [Alopochen aegyptiaca] at a pond near Castricum, NL.

Somehow, the (accidental) composition, the colors and the tactile values remind me of a late medieval altarpiece, or a battle scene in a Renaissance painting. Perhaps something like The Battle of Anghiari (1505), a lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci, of which a copy in color may have been painted before it was finished and later a drawing of the central section was made by Peter Paul Rubens.

Battle of Anghiari, by Leonardo da Vinci (copy by Tavola Doria)
Battle of Anghiari, by Leonardo da Vinci (copy by Tavola Doria)
Battle of Anghiari, by Leonardo da Vinci (copy by Peter Paul Rubens)
Battle of Anghiari, by Leonardo da Vinci (copy by Peter Paul Rubens)

As for the altar piece reminiscence, something like The Ghent Altarpiece (1432) by Jan van Eyck comes to mind.

The Ghent Altarpiece, by Jan van Eyck - The Righteous Judges
The Ghent Altarpiece, by Jan van Eyck – The Righteous Judges

This is a copy (1945) of the lower left panel of The Ghent Altarpiece, because the original panel also is lost.

Stan