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Now, we look at a picture, after Alma-Tadema's 7%e fiss (1891), that is less obviously geometrically arranged, but whose spatial qualities are such that I detect a strong sense of geometric design about it.

First it seems that the horizontal divisions of the space are sevenths of the whole depth: the edge of the lake at one seventh; the top of the beacon ledge at two sevenths; and the top of the steps at five sevenths. Then all the lines of the architecture recede towards a vanishing point at the left end of the edge of the lake. These lines to the vanishing point cut across a very strong vertical through the beacon and down along the edge of the carved support. There also seems to be a tight triangle between the three main figures.

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