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Good Morning Everyone,

You really need to access all the photographs that I post, today, to understand the story.

Helene Kröller-Müller was the person who was responsible for a major art collection and began the Kröller-Müller Art Museum at Otterlo.

She and her husband had a hunting lodge built within the
Hoge Veluwe Parkland. The hunting lodge was to serve as a representative country residence, suitable for receiving business associates and other guests. They chose Berlage to design the lodge.
It was Helene who asked Berlage to elaborate the theme of the St. Hubertus legend in his design.

In the story, the young nobleman Hubertus takes aim at a large stag while hunting. When the stag turns toward him he sees an illuminated crucifix in its antlers, upon which he spares the stag and permanently converts to Christianity. For Helene, the story has a deeper meaning, namely that ‘passion must be overcome and wisdom and prudence prevail’. An explanation that fits with her later motto ‘Spiritus et Materia Unum’, spirit and matter are one.
Berlage adds two elongated wings to the building and makes the tower taller and more robust. On the large drawing it is apparent how the two wings and the tower together might represent the form of antlers with a crucifix. - Kröller-Müller Museum

In 1917, Berlage proposes designing a monogram to decorate the courtyard. Helene prefers to give this commission to Joseph Mendes da Costa, from whom she already has many small sculptures and this is what you can see in my photograph. You can see the stag with a cross on its head and Hubertus praying to it.

I did not know the significance of the decoration when I saw it but have loved researching it.

The workshop here shows the second piece of art, which balances this original in the courtyard.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about St Hubertus and his influence on the lodge at Hoge Veluwe.

My warm regards, Bev :-)

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