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    Detailed paintings can seem "frozen in time"

  
 



Nicolas Poussin’s "Rape of the Sabine Women," 1634, depicts a lot of action, yet it might seem somewhat static because it is so detailed.

When a scene is moving fast, it is impossible to register all the details. Thus, in the painting by Poussin (right), can seem somewhat staic — almost frozen in time. Seeing hundreds of details is incompatible with the (presumed) transience of the incident depicted — by the time you have moved eyes from one act of savagery to another, the scene should have changed.

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