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Joan of Arc by dashinvaine Joan of Arc by dashinvaine
I hope I have done her justice...

Oil on board, 60x40cm (24''x16'')

Detail: [link]

Joan, la Pucelle, French national heroine, born 600 years ago- probably to the month, although her exact date of birth is unknown. A valiant maiden, hearer of voices, inspirer and leader of victorious armies. She turned the tide against the English in the 100 years war, and transformed the dynastic struggle that marred her land into a war of national liberation. She raised the siege of Orleans, captured various fortresses and bridges, and facilitated the recovery of Rheims, enabling the coronation of her prince, the Dauphin Charles, in its cathedral.
After her capture in 1430 by Burgundians, then allies of the English, she was sold-out and subjected to a travesty of a heresy trial (which, however, serves as a record of her boldness and astute mind as well as apparently sincere belief in her voices and their divine origin). Ultimately Convicted of nothing more heretical than wearing male clothing, she was burnt at the stake aged only 19. (I hinted at her fate here by the reflection of flame in her armour.) She was subsequently exonerated, and regarded as a saint and martyr. Except, that is, by the likes of Shakespeare (Henry VI Part 1) and Dennis Wheatley (The Devil and All His Works), who perpetuated the enormity that she was a practitioner of the dark arts.

Other Britons had more respect...

"Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years."
Winston Churchill
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A good outline of Joan's history on the Catholic Encyclopedia: [link]



The trial proceedings:

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From the third public interrogation:

"The Voice from whom you ask counsel, has it a face and eyes?"

"You shall not know yet. There is a saying among children, that 'Sometimes one is hanged for speaking the truth.'"

"Do you know if you are in the grace of God?"

"If I am not, may God place me there; if I am, may God so keep me. I should be the saddest in all the world if I knew that I were not in the grace of God. But if I were in a state of sin, do you think the Voice would come to me? I would that every one could hear the Voice as I hear it. I think I was about thirteen when it came to me for the first time."
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AidenPants Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
I love, love, love this piece!  I did not think the black and white version could get better but the color version is wonderful.  I can't praise it enough.  I love the reflection on her armor, her stance, and the expression on her face.  Excellently done.
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Jayparker1911 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Wonderful! Amazing! Love the detail of the halo and also the reflection in her armor.
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WakaTheFox Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
You did her justice, and on a side note. that REALLY looks like my Wife. she even has the personality to match.
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PassionsMag Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Greetings,

I am Agnes writing from the Publishing Department of PASSIONS Magazine (lifestyle publication based in Malaysia) and we are doing an article on Joan of Arc. Would like to use this image of her in the layout and would like to request for permission from you to do so. You will of course be credited in the caption and I will send you the electronic version of the magazine once it is published.

Thank you and I hope to hear from you soonest!

Best regards,

Agnes
Publishing Department
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Email me at giaour94@hotmail.com to discuss this further.
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MariaMurphyArt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
AWESOME!!!
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ninjawerr Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Writer
God bless St. Joan of arc,

Excellent rendition of her by the way.
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ihategeorgethetree Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hang in there Joan!
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Emillie-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
It's Jeanne, not Joan.
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LadyLidah Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The English version of her name is Joan of Arc, but I guess the 'proper' way would be Jeanne d'Arc.
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