The light is visibly focused on the back of the man dragging the corpse and on the upper body of the corpse. Amidst the appalling darkness on the right side, the light is all on the weeping lady. She becomes very conspicuous because of her unlikely position in the painting. Because of this difference in lighting, the mood presented can be distinguished into two, a mournful one and a frightful one. Also, the contrast in lighting, as well as in color, adds in the painting's effective catch of attention. The shapes involved are defined and they work in accordance with the color. It adds to the boldness and reality of the scene. There is a creation of an illusive space in the painting. The wide flooring space somehow makes the viewers want to walk about the painting and be a spectator himself. The outstanding use of warm colors creates the illusion of the space.
The subject of the painting is human and it shows a scene from the Roman history where the fighting of gladiators first originated. It addresses the viewers directly and it has an inviting atmosphere that leads the viewers to ta