Photograph of Orion - taken Winter Solstice, Midnight, 2000 AD, Giza Meridian.
This is the image I have used for the Arcadian Shepherds alignments.
Left: Image of Orion by Cruxis - slightly different orientation. Location and date not given.
Right: We see here the photo of Orion I have been using, rotated and orientated so that it can be superimposed over Cruxis's image
If I now rotate the superimposed images slightly to the left so as to match the same orientation of Orion in the photograph I have been using, then we will see how the shins and staffs of the shepherds match exactly the constellation lines of Orion.
Please note that I am not rotating any part of the painting.
First of all we match the left shin of the shepherd in red with the left thigh of Orion . . .
Next, we match the right shin of the kneeling shepherd with the right thigh of Orion . . .
Third, we match the staff held by the standing shepherd held against the right shoulder with the right side of Orion
For the fourth and last alignment we have to reflect (mirror-image) the kneeling shepherd - as we see on the Shugborough Monument.
I explain why in the article. We find that the staff held against the left shoulder matches the angle of Orion's left side exactly.
Looking at this another way, let's highlight the angles of the shins and the staffs.
The highlighted shin and staff angles isolated
Let's see how these angles given in the painting match - exactly - ALL FOUR ANGLES between the stars in this photograph of the constellation of Orion taken during its crossing of the Giza Meridian, at 12:00 Midnight, on the Winter Solstice 2000 AD.
Let's now take each of the angles given in the painting and show them side by side with the line angles between the stars of Orion
Well surely its more than a coincidence that all four match exactly!
We will now overlay these lines over the lines in the constellation of Orion - and they are a perfect match, despite our arguments about the correct orientation of Orion on this date. The fact that all four angles given in the painting match exactly the four line angles in the constellation and when Orion is rotated to fit, shows that it is Orion that Poussin's Arcadian Shepherds contains an encoded reference to Orion.
The fact that I did not even have to rotate the photograph of Orion I used to match the angles given in the paintings, is proof enough for me and for anyone that Orion is being referenced here. This code is really very simple, which makes it all the more convincing.
As for the staff held by the shepherd in red, please read my article.
17th August, 2007