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Farewell At Granada by KristinaGehrmann Farewell At Granada by KristinaGehrmann
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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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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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KOGR Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
hey wasnt there a movie on granada? or was it a tv show?
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
no idea :)
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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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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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weknow Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
amazing
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