Belisarius depicts Byzantine Roman General Belisarius, who is blind, carrying his guide who has been bitten by a snake. Belisarius eyes are closed as he carries his unconscious guide in his left hand, in his right hand is a walking stick to guide his path. Belisarius wears a red cloak familiar of Roman soldiers, and his helmet can be seen hanging by his side. His guide is unconscious in white garments and a snake is wrapped around his feet. With only landscape in the background the composition is creates a sense of focus on Belisarius, while movement is used to give the impression of Belisarius walking his guide to seek help. Where Belisarius stands is a great use of proportion, with the mountains in the distance, he appears larger than everything around him. Geometrically his is at a right angle, his torso makes a triangle which creates a sense of stability and strength. Belisarius is represented strong and muscular, heroically saving his guide.