Forest paintings from Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

natureThe Forest Fire by Piero di Cosimo, 16c. The scene is inspired by the poem On Nature by Lucretius who traced the origins of humanity and saw fire as a catalyst for new discoveries.HuntingThe Hunt in the Forest by Paolo Uccello, 15c. Hunting, an aristocatic pastime, could serve as metaphor for love and pursit of beloved.

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