The Louvre collection of the best works of art, pleasing visitors consummate skill. The painting by Nicolas Poussin “Arcadian Shepherds” for 20 years, was closed from prying eyes, and only after the acquisition of the museum Became his adornment.
Written oil painting attracted the attention of the idyllic scenery, bright colors, compact composition and philosophical depth. The serene country Arcadia, which was associated with Paradise, a group of people suddenly finds a tombstone. Some unusual finds the action unfolds.
First look at the woman falls. Her stateliness, beauty, serenity and quiet life symbolize harmony. Typical clothes drape, low tide golden color against the clear blue sky. Three men – represent the three stages of life: youth, maturity and old age.
It is the latter, a man in years, most of all interested in the inscription on the stone. Shepherd holds his finger on it, trying to understand the meaning of written, “And I am in Arcadia.” The inscription on the dual meaning. “I” – death, which is inevitable, or talking about the deceased, who had found peace in a serene country?
Shepherds in a loss, the youngest of them with incomprehension and astonishment looks at the woman, not sure that he will become ashes. woman’s hand rests on his shoulder, as if reassuring, though her eyes turned to the reader. It draws attention to the shadow cast by his hand. She looks like a stylized image of death, hovering on the ground.
So, we have a life cycle which began with the woman, and the end – of imminent death. Between the two events held a life full of hope, inner strength, bright colors. Not by chance a young shepherd in a red cape. Gradually the fire of youth gives way to maturity and measured more restrained colors. Indeed, the vortex of life.