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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'')

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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

A good outline of Joan's history on the Catholic Encyclopedia: [link]

The trial proceedings:


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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JustaKing18 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
The attention to detail and accuracy of the armour is simply amazing. Thank you for using your God-given talents to produce such skillful pieces for the rest of us to admire.
MyPinkSelf Featured By Owner Edited Feb 14, 2015
Lovingly made tribute to the Maid of Orleans.
A bit of a hero to many in the transgender/genderqueer communities, and as a member in good standing, I'm delighted to find this.

Very nice invocation, as well, of a time and place in art history. An intelligent choice of palette and technique to invoke that period. Well done.
paramount99 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
One of our most enigmatic heroines of all time - and lovingly captured here I have to say...!!!
aldea-de-enoyam Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
I love this picture! Is very realistic. And the banner is perfect... She is likes the real Jeanne d'Arc! Congratulations for this work of art.
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
PauloCunha Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
You have done her justice indeed Gordon. Masterfully done.
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
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.
Jayparker1911 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Wonderful! Amazing! Love the detail of the halo and also the reflection in her armor.
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.
PassionsMag Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014

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,

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

Excellent rendition of her by the way.
ihategeorgethetree Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hang in there Joan!
Emillie-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
It's Jeanne, not Joan.
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.
Emillie-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
I don't understand the need of changing name...
AlPucelle Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
Maybe Jeanne is too hard for Anglophones to pronounce? XD  Most Anglophones like myself that I know can say Jeanne! XD
back in her day she was Jehanne, Jehanne La Pucelle. Back in her village she was simply Jhennette, but in full it would have been  Jhennette Romée , or Jhennette Darc (Romée  would have been used for her and her sister because girls had the last name of their mother in her village and her brothers would be called Darc after her father's surname) After her family was ennobled her name would be Jehanne du Lys but she was still called by and known as Jehanne La Pucelle
JakobSprenger Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Wonderful interpretation and historically accurate!  "All we know of Joan is that her hair was black and cut short.  Her complexion was dark and presumably sunburned and generally weatherbeaten.  She was rather short.  There was nothing masculine about her voice; it was soft and womanly.  She was strong, able to ride hard and long and wear armor for nearly a week at a stretch.  No one ever said she was beautiful.  She appears to have been a stocky peasant girl, used to hard work and the open air."  (St Joan of Arc; John Beevers - page 32.  1959 Doubleday & 1979 TAN books)
Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Have you read Mark Twain's biography of her? It's like he really was a different person!
Mana-Junkie Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Very nicely done! Kudos on capturing her essence.
uglygosling Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
To this day, it is common practice for the French Navy to have a ship bearing the name 'Jeanne d'Arc'
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
That's interesting. I hope nothing sets it on fire. 
Aranov Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is gorgeous and powerful. I love it. I think you did her proud.
3man75 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yellow sun around her head reminds me abit of jesus. Is that meant to be that way? or was made a saint at some point?
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
She was made a saint in 1920. (When her haircut was also back in vogue). 
3man75 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
has she ever lost a battle?!
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
She got captured, so that would count...
Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
but the french won that battle, and technically she never lost as a commander!
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
They won the war, and so they should have.
AndreaMich Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I like your version of Joan of Arc! Reflections in armor are perfect and that atmosphere in background! The only disturbing thing for me is halo around her head. It could be "friendlier" or softer (or how to say) :) (Generally I do not like that kind of halo displayed either on old paintings.)
DCJBeers Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
What a fantastic job. I love it.
crammagnum21 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
best picture ever made of st joan of arc in my opinion, you could put it in a museum or even a chapel dedicated to this brave women. Never seen anything like it.
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Many thanks!
sullobog Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
wow! amazing picture of St.Joan~ !!!
Tigerlady48 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely incredibly. I am studying Joan for school right now, and I can say that this is the most realistic painting of her ever done! The armor, the build, the sword and banner, and the hair (no one remembers that!). How much have you researched about her? I'm guessing quite a bit.

On a purely art scale, this is amazing. Master level amazing. One tiny thing, and it is truly a nitpick: the shiny armor and the more flat face semi-clash. If you, like me, stare at it for 5 minutes....

But you have definitely done her justice! This is incredible!
dashinvaine Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Thanks, I wanted to get it quite accurate/plausible, white also being symbolic in certain respects.
Greyzhalyth Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fire in the belly!
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lichtie Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
She was even more inspiring than some of Churchill's wartime speeches. I'm starting an Art Class in a few weeks as part of OT after a bout of ill health. It would take me 600 years to get to your skill and talent level. I'm reading Sylvia Plath's the 'Bell Jar' at the moment. It's a great work that makes you think and reflect on just about everything. Her end is similar to Joan's:- undeserved and saddening.
rainsoaked Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Looks amazing!
YulianEruannoNoldor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
well done!:)
Tahuzilla Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The martyrs of Christianity inspire me, and I think you gave this title-deserving saint much justice; this painting of Joan is absolutely amazing, and I love the usage of the traditional halo rather than the contemporary counterpart, as well the prophetic reflection of her undeserving fiery fate.
Ankhsistrum3 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this historical figure, Joan of Arc is one of the most expressive characters regarding the ache for freedom and righteousy.
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautifull image! Good job ![link]
operaghost96 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student
awesome! i love Joan of Arc and i'm taking 'Joan' as my confirmation name.
Trickster91 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Very Beautiful. I say you certainly did her justice in this piece. :)
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