Subtle, intentionally picked colors reminiscent of Renaissance art. Softly blended paint creating images of trees, sunsets, skulls, flowers, and much more. This is the Luman Reed Collection. Luman Reed was one of New York City’s most innovative 19th century art collectors. His works are currently displayed in an exhibit dedicating space to a few of his most prized pieces of artwork. One can see the appeal each painting must have had to him. In the particular picture above, a sprawling, grand tree puts out its arms across the expanse of the frame. Meanwhile, a peach sunset is predicting the end of the day while cows and goats graze the forefront of grass. In another painting, a skull is encompassed by a slim snake with pink roses blooming next to it. In the background is an island of brick buildings surrounded by mountains. The amount of symbolism hidden behind the images leaves one to ponder all the possibilities.