Pollice Verso by Jean-Leon Gerome
This particular piece embraces a true moment in time. As a lover of history and especially the roman period, one could understand my delight. The roar of the crowd as they decide the fate of the fallen gladiator. What is truly masterful is the shading of this piece. If you've ever studied the Colosseum than you would understand the shades that they utilized to block out the direct sunlight. Here you can still see the sliver of light that pierces the sides of the shades and falls on the crowd. Notice the bright lit crowd in the background. Amazing and another inspiration for my artistic development.