Its many intricate details make this the greatest of his early works, a true masterpiece. And it features another owl.
Tackled by several Masters, this well-known story has also been well-shown. Which painting provides the best narrative?
Trees in snowy landscapes, as painted by Bruegel, van Ruisdael, Courbet, and a multitude of Impressionists. A Wintry feast.
Some paintings have figures and action which goes beyond staffage, and provides narrative, meaning, or puzzles.
No matter how old and jaded you get, you can always appreciate the breath-taking view from the top of a hill, as the earth sweeps out in myriad details, as far as the distant horizon.
Because these landscape elements are constrained within the overall work, the artist has complete control over them, something reflected in their reading too. Such cameo landscapes are never awe-inspiring, but subjugate to the whole.