This painting is extremely balanced with St. John's foot in the front center, trees on each side, remains balanced out by small hills on the other side, and a peaceful lake and hill for the eye to escape to. The overall image is very symmetrical. Weight is distributed evenly through out the whole painting. The viewer's eye is led in a circle
starting at St. John and continuing in a clockwise direction to the remains and then on around the whole image.
Nicolas Poussin's painting is polychromy using many colors. There are the two primary colors, the blue sky on top and St. John's yellow robe on the bottom, coming together to form green, the trees in the center. St. John's warm colors stand out at the viewer's eye, but are equaled out by the surrounding nature scene. The cool green and blue colors help set the relaxed natural feel to the painting. The light source appears to be coming from the upper left because of the value put on the colors.
When looking at the painting, it is unquestionably clear what one is looking at. It is a very naturalistic setting and approach. The proper use of light and shading puts everything... [continues]
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