Circular and triangular composition and the rule of thirds
This painting, The Sistine Madonna, is an example of triangular composition. The figures on the sides represent the bottom of the triangle, leading up to the focal point at the top in in the center.
The rule of thirds is that you can place four lines and anything on the lines or at the intersections will stand out. This painting demonstrates the rule of thirds, Venus' head is at an intersection.
I chose this because it shows circular composition. You can imagine a circle around both figure's heads.
The Tower of Babel is an example of triangular composition. The tower itself is a perfect triangle, with our eyes being drawn to the peak.
I consider this painting to show the rule of thirds. All of the figures are on the invisible lines, either horizontally or vertically.
This could be considered triangular composition but I see it as circular. The boat follows the shape of a circle, the prow is the side of the circle, leading up and around the woman's head.
I chose this painting because it shows the rule of thirds.
This painting demonstrates rule of thirds, the women at the bottom are at the intersection of two lines and therefore, they become the focal point
I chose this painting because the young girl in it shows triangular composition.
This painting is an example of circular composition. The bouquet itself is a circle.
I chose this because I believe it shows circular composition. The skull is very round and draws the eye.
This painting also represents circular composition. The angels encompass the throne and leave The Virgin the center of the circle and also the focal point.
I chose this painting because it is an example of the rule of thirds.
I chose this piece because I consider it triangular composition.
This painting shows the rule of thirds. The house, animals, and figures are all on the different horizontal and vertical lines.
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