The Co-Incidences at Giza, Rennes le Chateau and on the canvases of Poussin: Part III

A Second Shepherds Painting


Hi all. On the previous two pages we looked at Et In Arcadia Ergo painted between 1637 and 1639 however Poussin had painted an earlier version which I post below:

The Shepherds of Arcadia.
1627. Oil on canvas.
The Duke of Devonshire and the
Chatsworth Settlement Trustees,
Chatsworth, UK.

Now many call what was shown on the previous pages as co-incidence or meaningless and I guess if that was the only place they occured I might tend to agree but the EXACT same angles and relationships are to be found in this painting which was painted some 12 years before the other. The first obvious thing  to do is to draw a horizontal (white) line at the tip of the left side staff and then notice that it hits the tip of the crook of the left side staff. This give us the configuration below:


Then we can draw a vertical (white) line down from the tip of the left side staff. This gives us this configuration:


Next we can draw a diagonal (white) line from the same point using the staff as our guide. This yields the configuration you see below.:


Next we will draw a horizontal line using the nipple of the bare breast Poussin has painted. I did this because this bare breast did not seem to fit into, or be necessary to the mood of, the painting. I guessed that it could have another purpose. This is the configuration after that had been done.

Continuing on we will draw a (red) vertical line from where the staff of the left side shepherd hits the yellow vertical line as defined by the horizontal line drawn through the nipple. Then we will draw a (yellow) diagonal line from the tip of the right side shepherd's staff to the point where the yellow horizontal line hits the right side of the painting. Please note this line passes by the very tip of the pointing finger of the right side shepherd. this gives us this configuration.


The final thing we are going to do for this page is to draw a line from the right eye of the shepherdess through the tip of the pointing finger and out to the right edge of the painting. This will give us the following image. Please note that the right eye of all three line up almost exactly as the line is projected on through the tip of the pointing finger.


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