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The Exhaltation of Joan of Arc by dani-lachuk The Exhaltation of Joan of Arc by dani-lachuk
As my favourite historical hero, Joan has always had a special place in my inspirations and I've tried to formulate many variations of a painting of her, from martyr to battle hero. I finally decided that poor Joan had been a pious martyr enough, and that if the girl thought that she talked to her god and was leading a triumphant army and crowning a king, that she was sure to have some joyous moments. Here, I have painted one of them.
The image is historically accurate, with a few artistic liberations. The armour is based on early 15th century designs, the horse is suggestive of the massive war-horse freisens, and her banner is based on the oldest drawing of Joan, depicting the Holy Father holding the world with two angelic attendants and the words "Jhesus Maria" with fleur-de-lis in a rudimentary medieval style as was in the original image. She was also often shown wearing a red skirt. Liberations were taken to enhance her arched posture (which the steel breastplate wouldn't do), in the smaller saddle size to show off her armour, and in the red hue of her hair, which is believed to be black.
Finally, I'd like to leave you with a wonderfully fitting quotation by Winston Churchill in reference to my favourite hero: "Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion, the virtue of the simple, the wisdom of the just, shone forth in her. She glorifies as she freed the soil from which she sprang."
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Caligirl4eva Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is just seriously gorgeous and what I truly, honestly loved the most is that you have put in the time to further elaborate behind the making of this incredible, beautiful piece of work. I must say that seeing this and reading your description just flat out gave me some serious goosebumps. Thank you for this!
Gil-w2-sixfifty Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I agree !!
LordShadowmane Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Saint Joan of warrior idol
AlPucelle Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
I love this! It is so beautiful and expressive, I can almost feel a fresh breath of wind and the mane of a horse. I can imagine St Jehanne riding atop one of those horses she loved so much, surrounded by God's nature and smiling.
whiteirislady Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist
She's one of my favorite heroes too.
ArionArcana Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dam, you are a God!
fullmetalheartbeat Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
This is so beautiful!
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I love this one.  Usually you see the paintings of Joan the martyr.  I like seeing her depicted as triumpant and victorious!
LupusAcerbus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Wow! This is very cool, indeed. The armor is amazing, but what impresses me most is how genuine and unrestrained her happiness seems. It's nice to see a saint as happy every once in a while (after all, as you pointed out, if she believed she was in communication with the divine, shouldn't she have some moments of joy?). Also, great job on the war horse.
FliegenLicht Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous!! How does this not have more views??! I LOVE that you drew her laughing!
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Great work, deserves a lot more attention. The armour and banner do indeed look quite authentic. Only niggle is the perspective on the arms, but I could be wrong about that. I did a painting of Joan and included the same quote from Churchill, by the way.
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