The Hunt in the Forest

painting by the Italian artist Paolo Uccello

The Hunt in the Forest is a great example of how the Italian painter Paolo Uccello used more realistic shades of greens to paint trees. Before Uccello, trees were often painted in a single shade of green and lacked depth and perspective.

He completed this work in the 1460s, during the latter part of his career and life. Along, with the green trees, this painting is a great example of how Uccello was fascinated with perception. The different sizes of the huntsman to portray some as being further away was a new concept that became Uccello’s greatest contribution to the art world.

The painting itself depicts a large hunting party as they surround a deer. Men, on foot and on horseback, and their dogs circle in for the final kill.

To learn more about Uccello and see more of his work, please visit our Paolo Uccello biography.