Group with the image of Saint Hubert, the patron saint of hunters, represented in traditional hunting clothes of the 16th century, standing against the young stag that he seems to take under his protection.
He is in a wiggling posture, holding his spear in his right hand and resting his left hand against the neck of the young stag.
He is wearing his hunting accessories such as horn, saddlebag and chain, dagger and carries his crossbow on his shoulder.
Limestone and deer antlers.
Wear and tear. Old restorations.
Height 184 cm - Width 65 cm - Depth 55 cm.
In illustration a painting representing Saint Hubert. Around 1870.
From the name of Hubert of Liege (also known as Lord Hubert), he came from the high aristocracy (son of the Duke of Aquitaine). Hubert was born in Aquitaine between 656 and 658. He lost his mother at the age of two. He lived quite freely and in a worldly way. At the age of twelve, he accompanied his father on his first hunting trip. He divided all his time between studying and hunting.
Later, Hubert was so passionate about hunting that he forgot his duties as a lord. He cared very little about religion, Christian customs and did not worship any God. He simply ignored them. Always roaming the forest, he was far away from ordinary quarrels. Perhaps for this reason he had a great reputation for wisdom among the people. He was known for his intelligence and kindness.
Hubert was a great success with the ladies. He married Floribanne, the daughter of King Dagobert in 682.
His wife died while giving birth to their son Floribert. Following this great sadness, he abandoned his palace and wealth. Hubert decided to devote himself to the Church and joined the Bishop of the Diocese of Maastricht. The latter was assassinated in Liege in the year 705. Hubert was appointed by the Pope of the time to succeed Saint Lambert of Maastricht and thus became the new Bishop. He established a religious institution on the site of his predecessor's murder and transferred his relics there. In the year 708, he also moved his episcopal see from Maastricht to Liege. His bishopric included the present territory of the provinces of Liege, parts of the provinces of Antwerp, Brabant, Namur and Luxembourg as well as Belgian and Dutch Limburg.
He lived the rest of his life sick with gangrene, suffering from a terrible pain that nothing could relieve. He died on Friday, May 30, 727.
Hubert had an ability to heal the sick of rabies, healings that were considered miracles by some. His son Floribert, who had succeeded him as Bishop of Liege, arranged for the Church to recognize Hubert's blessings and he was canonized on November 3, 743.
A century after his death, in the year 825, part of the relics of Saint Hubert were given to the monastery of Andage in the Belgian Ardennes. The abbey and the village took the name of Saint Hubert. It was in this region that the legend of Saint Hubert developed.
The church and the monastery were looted and burned in 1568. Since that time it is not known what happened to the remains of Saint Hubert.
Saint Hubert became the patron saint of hunters (but also of foresters) in almost all countries, regardless of religious affinities and affiliations. In fact, the word "Saint", "Sankt", "Sanctus" or "St" is often not even used. We speak only of Hubert, Hubertus, Губерт, Huberto, Hubertusz, Uberto, Huberts,הוברטוס Houbert, etc...
The legend of Saint Hubert by René Kaenzig
The legend of Saint Hubert was born in the fifteenth century, several hundred years after his death (legend: popular story where reality and imagination are mixed).
Lord Hubert (~656/658 - 727), as mentioned above, was a lord famous throughout Gaul for his intelligence, wealth and goodness. He enjoyed a most flattering reputation and great wisdom. He was known to have a great passion for hunting. Hubert went hunting almost every day, roaming the forest and only returning to his castle at nightfall.
One spring day, on Good Friday (676) to be exact [in some writings it is said that it was Christmas of the year 699], Hubert went hunting on horseback in the early hours of dawn in the forests of Andage (Champlon woods, in the Ardennes of present-day Belgium). Frost was on the trees, fog was floating in the valleys, a few snowflakes were falling. And as he started to hunt, a ten-bodied stag, completely white, of an extraordinary size, jumped and dashed in front of him, dragging him into the depths of the forest.