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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Compositional Structures in Art - The Cross



The cross compositional design is another compositional structure in paintings. It ensures unity and balance. The vertical line is most important. It has strength, weight and power. This painting by Rogier van der Weyden, Descent from the Cross (1435-38), is at the Prado Museum, Madrid.(H.R. Poore, Composition in Art) The painting's design is in the shape of a cross. The cross, ladder and the majority of the Christ figure are in the vertical space. The shape of the Virgin Mary repeats the shape of the Christ figure adding to the unity of the painting.

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