This artwork is trully well painted, it is not only evocative of the woodcuts and engravings of old but visually appealing, it even has the anachronistic feel which those painters used while creating their biblical artwork.
The beggar's despair and attrition are also wonderfully depicted.The saint's figure is at the same time imposing and majestic, and as we don't see his gaze he has a sanctity halo. The hands, the movements, the actitude, is almost scenographic, theatrical in both character's and even the horse shares the artwork's soul, embracing and protecting the beggar. The gate's arch acts as a frame, atracting and focusing the viewer on Sain Martin cutting in half his cape for the old and hungry man. Maybe the cutting should be more relevant, and more clear in the artwork's composition, or more detail in the street we see across the gates could be an improvement.
Simple, beauty and a true reminder of the german renaissance artworks.
Thank you, Oznerol, for taking time out of your day to write a thoughtful critique (the first I've received on dA). Your compliments are appreciated, as well as your suggestions. Perhaps they will be useful, as I have an idea to make a new version of this image in the future--fixing the things that bug me about it. I had not really thought about the saint having a halo, though you're right, he does, in a way. Good idea to show the cut more clearly in progress. Since it is in front of the arch, perhaps you would see a big gash of blackness across the cloak... Also perhaps a good idea about "fleshing out" the background street. Again, thank you.