Fable of the Fox and the Heron
  • Fable of the Fox and the Heron

    TitleFable of the Fox and the Heron
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 121 x 238 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 159 x 275 x 14 cm
  • DatingMade 1630s
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Frans Snyders, Flemish, active 1579, dead 1657
    Medarbetare: Jan Wildens, Flemish, born 1584 - 1586, dead 1653-10-16. Uncertain attribution to
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 1486
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1895 Sophia Giesecke Fund
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1621 17th century
  • Description
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    The subject is from one of Aesops’ fables. The fox first invites the heron for dinner, but serves the food on a plate that the bird with its beak cannot eat from. The heron then invites the fox to a meal, and the embarrassed fox can only watch as his friend eats the fish from the narrow-necked vessel. The moral is: the trickster must expect trickery in return, and the golden rule of conduct is to do to others what one would wish for oneself.