This nature study by Cranach belongs to a portfolio of drawings of birds and game animals among the models to be used in his workshop. Its charms are its naturalistic depiction and plasticity. The drawing belongs to the tradition of hunting still lifes, a genre known only since Jacopo de’ Barbari. Before Cranach became court painter to Frederick the Wise in 1505, de’ Barbari had been active for the Saxon elector since 1503. His painting of a partridge, gauntlets, and a crossbow bolt of 1504 (Munich, Alte Pinakothek) is regarded as the earliest surviving still life of the modern era. Cranach’s partridges appear as symbols of sensual love in the paintings Hercules and Omphale (formerly Munich, Kunsthandel Scheidwimmer) and The Payment (see fig. 11, p. 39) of 1532.