In this playful stained-glass window, a red boar on a family's coat of arms comes to life. The beast appears sly, even a bit threatening, as he stalks an innocent looking maiden strolling under an archway. She coyly pretends not to notice him while hiding a dagger in the folds of her dress. Above them, men and women participate in a hunting expedition, an amorous pastime.
The richness of this window's design reflects the joyful spirit of the Renaissance. By then, the dark, heavy look of stained-glass windows had given way to a more colorful, light-filled aesthetic. In part, this new direction resulted from the fact that, as stained-glass windows became more affordable, people commissioned them for their homes. Subject matter changed, more often commemorating family and daily life. Scholars believe a member of a wealthy Basel family who converted from Judaism to Christianity in the early 1400s commissioned this panel.