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Unformatted text preview: of the characters resemble the ones of the classic sculpture. The painting, just like sculpture, shows the figures and the action frozen in a single moment, yet this moment seems to last for eternity. Despite being captured and frozen, the scene is very dynamic with people and animals running and struggling. The dramatic effect is achieved not only through the show of a number of emotions, but also by strong chiaroscuro and a whole sea of highlights (Gogol). The colors are dynamic too Briullov uses a powerful red and black for the background, as well as yellow, gold, blue, green. The brushstroke is very accurate even for such a large painting; the paint is applied thinly and gives a light and flowing effect to the fabrics. As a source of light, Briullov uses the strong lightning, which hits the center of the painting, where we see a dead woman. All these elements symbolize destruction -- the ultimate fate of the people of Pompeii....
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