Sunday, July 1, 2012

Beneath the Arena

Beneath the Arena (1882) by the German painter Karl Theodor von Piloty (1826–1886). Especially compared to the typical arena paintings, which prefered mostly the great spectacle, this is a more silent work. A young Roman patrician looks impressed on a Christian women sleeping while awaiting her death in the arena.

1 comment:

  1. An interesting observation is the hand of the male. It appears to be a right hand, going by the orientation of the thumb, rather than a left hand.