Paul lies in the foreground of the painting. He is dressed in a Roman soldier’s attire, with a bright red cloak. His plumed helmet lies on the ground behind his head. Paul’s face is turned upwards and to the left side of the sky, from whence a shaft of light falls on his body. He raises his right hand out in front of himself. Paul’s right leg remains partially astride his horse, which sits on the ground in front him and looks up at the light.
A soldier standing to Paul’s right side, wearing a light green tunic, a blue cloak, and a helmet, attempts to raise Paul while looking towards the light himself.
In the background of the painting, behind and to the right of the shaft of light, are some startled soldiers. One soldier is on a white horse and raises a large green flag above his head. Only the faces and spearheads of the other soldiers are visible.
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