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My interpretation of King Muhammad XII who in 1492 was forced to leave his town of Granada to the Spanish who conquered it during their Reconquista.

Farewell, ye coral caves, ye pearly sands,
Ye waving woods that crown yon lofty steep;
Farewell, ye Nereides of the glitt'ring deep,
Ye mountain tribes, ye fawns, ye sylvan bands:
On the bleak rock your frantic minstrel stands,
Each task forgot, save that, to sigh and weep;
In vain the strings her burning fingers sweep,
No more her touch, the Grecian Lyre commands!
In Circe's cave my faithless Phaon's laid,
Her daemons dress his brow with opiate flow'rs;
Or, loit'ring in the brown pomgranate shade,
Beguile with am'rous strains the fateful hours;
While Sappho's lips, to paly ashes fade,
And sorrow's cank'ring worm her heart devours!


Poem by Mary Darby Robinson (1758-1800)

Media: Photoshop, wacom tablet.
Thanks to Kay Allen for useful critique in the progress, and to *navate for kicking my butt :salute:
References: I'll be darned if I remember them all! I wish I still had 'em. Feel free to link to models when you recognize them so I can give due credit.
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DAVCM64 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Por el Albaicín 
Mis recuerdos van 
De uno a otro confín crecen 
En tu gran jardín 
Reina el arrayán 
Que brisas sin fin mecen 

Flor nazarí, yo te perdí 
Y ahora me siento más andalusí 
Sueño la alhambra donde yo nací… 

Miré hacia atrás, lloré por ti, Granada 
Nunca jamás quise rendir, mi amada 
Todo mi ser quedó en tu sol, Granada 
Al perder, llorando como mujer 

Perla occidental, mi gran capital 
Fuiste para mí y te perdí… 
Como una mujer, lloro tu nombre 
Y aunque me asombre 
Lo supera en ser como un hombre… 

Flor nazarí, yo te perdí 
Y ahora me siento más andalusí 
Sueño la alhambra donde yo nací…
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Piri012 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
beautiful
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:iconpiri012:
Piri012 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
This and the killing of prince Mustafa ([link]) are two very dramatic events in these regions....
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
it's an amazing artwork! well done! :clap: :hooray:
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JacquesMartel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
good riddance
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:iconkogr:
KOGR Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
hey wasnt there a movie on granada? or was it a tv show?
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:iconkristinagehrmann:
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
no idea :)
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:iconkythra:
Kythra Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the painting is amazing .. you are really a professional in this type of art!
and the story behind it .. so sorrowful and meaningful .. their departure makes the heart bleed .. such a loss!
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:iconkristinagehrmann:
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
amazing
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:iconkristinagehrmann:
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
welcome maidith
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:iconhera-of-stockholm:
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Splendid! :clap:
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:iconkristinagehrmann:
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconhera-of-stockholm:
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Welcome 8-)
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Speckledluminance Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very nicely detailed.
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:iconkristinagehrmann:
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :rose:
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:iconspeckledluminance:
Speckledluminance Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem!
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:iconiancjw:
iancjw Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work
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:iconkristinagehrmann:
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :rose:
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:iconalexeikazansky:
AlexeiKazansky Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Moors gtfo. :dance:
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
His mother said 'Do not weep like a woman for that which you could not defend like a man.'

It's nice to have supportive relatives.
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Shadow-D-Keeper Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for entering the Creative Contest-Passion.
Your entry is displayed here [link]
Best of luck!=)
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Angelia61 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are featured in my journal.. [link]
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Sangiev Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Hey there,
Your wonderful artwork has been featured in the latest edition of Stunning Digital Painting - Special Edition
That's right, special edition, would be great to see you check it out and maybe give it a :+favlove: and maybe a comment :)
Again, congratz and enjoy !

Sangiev,
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CharmedPearl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
i love it when you blend history and art.... so inspiring :love:
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closertothesun Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Goodness, you CANNOT be 19. That painting is awesomeeee!!!!
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Forgott3ndreamer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
this is amazing it reminds me of those really olds gorgeous paintings you see in peoples houses or mueseums....it is perfect the colors the gesture the composition
really lovley
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janaschi Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
Mein Lieblingsbild von deinen ganzen neueren :) ich mag den Himmel sehr gerne, da er das Bild schön teilt (im positiven Sinne) Die Gesichtsausdrücke sind dir auch supergut gelungen! :)
Eine Frage: Muss dieses Wasserzeichen echt sein? Ich finde es immer ein wenig schade ums Bild D:
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner May 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Danke :) Ja, das Wasserzeichen hat seine Gründe.
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:iconjanaschi:
janaschi Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
Hab ich mir schon gedacht. Aber es gibt auch genug professionelle Maler die kein Wasserzeichen benötigen :)
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:iconkristinagehrmann:
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Eben :)
Die Bilder von Profis sind bekannter, und werden viel schneller wiedererkannt als z.B. meine. Außerdem haben die meisten Profis auch die Erfahrung und Mittel, gegen Bilderdiebe vorzugehen - im Gegensatz zu mir.

Interessant zu lesen: [link]
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ndhill Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Professional
Great piece. The sky and landscape are amazing.
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daniGrafix Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
gr8 piece of art...
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:iconkristinagehrmann:
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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daniGrafix Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome..
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Just awesome work - I love esp. the sky :D
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, super amazing painting. <3
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MizuGonJinn Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
Das Effekt fuer Himmel ist einfach wunderbar :O
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Seyreene Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mein Gott, das Bild ist toll! allein diese Farben (besonders dieser Wolkenhimmel)! XD

Die Figuren sind dir auch alle so gut gelungen... Allein die Anzahl finde ich großartig. Es ist ja nicht unbedingt leicht, so viele Personen in gleichbleibender Qualität auf einem Blatt zusammenzubringen, finde ich. :)
Und das Pferd!
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blackcat56678 Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
that is amazing!
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yourpleasantdarkness Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
Beautiful symbolic lighting, fantastic gesture in the center of the piece, wonderful emotions, and a touch of rennaissance about it all?
Absolutely stunning. :heart:
It DOES look Biblical. : x


-A.C.
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Very pretty :) I enjoy the overall rich tones and textures. Almost thought this was acrylics at first. Very nice.
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:iconkaa-mon:
Kaa-mon Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
This is amazing! <3

I love the colors and the lighting
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LIKA--Elvennight1999 Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
[[ Uaaaah! The scene are so great! SO GREAT! And people very well done, the shading and lightning
Fine! ]]
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AREA666 Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like a real painting. Really good stuff, like something from an illustrated novel.
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:iconkristinagehrmann:
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconfuhrmannskoffer:
fuhrmannskoffer Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
der himmel is so toll *-*
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:iconkristinagehrmann:
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
waii danke *_*
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faerywitch Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You did a very good job. I like the sky very much and the melancholy mood.
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