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Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol + Melian by DonatoArts Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol + Melian by DonatoArts
Inspired by the tale in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, and recent winner of a Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists for the Best Unpublished Work of 2015.
Oil on linen
112" x 60"
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:icondgraymanfanatic:
DGraymanFanatic Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017
why didn't the illustrators of beren and luthien ask you to make the pics?! seriously, this is gorgeous and it is firmly planted in my own as canon. 
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Nerub09 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2017
is that picture going on during wartime?
I am asking because of the gender make up of the room.
There only seem to be few male guards located around the king while the rest of the court is made up of noble women.
So either the male nobles are of too war, the king is having a giant harem or maybe it´s just very hard to different a male noble elf for a female one if they were expensive clothes.

Small autism aside :-)
fantastic picture but I don´t think a nobody on the internet like myself needs to say that. You won an award for it after all 
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amegusa Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful I could cry!!!
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:iconjleegrey:
jleegrey Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
I love your picture.
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:icondoctorwholovesthe80s:
Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Is that one guy on the left going to slide down the banister? Laughing 
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Panartias Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breathtaking work! Reminds me, that I still have to read the Silmarillion! Heart 
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:iconrmacdhai:
RmacDhai Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
Congratulations! Lovely work!
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:iconsadaf-malik01:
sadaf-malik01 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Breath taking
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:iconxiferehla:
Xiferehla Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconjgloverart:
JGloverArt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
All of your work is incredible Donato, you are a real inspiration!
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:iconanother-person:
Another-Person Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
Lovely.
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:iconyeniyenyen97:
yeniyenyen97 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is beyond beautiful
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:iconakhillesy:
AkhillesY Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Gorgeous!
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:iconisfoss86:
isfoss86 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is simply amazing!! :)
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:iconjoshuagrubb:
JoshuaGrubb Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible work. Well done.
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Loinvoyante Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
My English practice isn't enough to comment this (fabulous) piece of art, I'm forced to comment in my first language, French :

Alors là, je suis complètement scotchée et émerveillée devant cette création !
Tous ces détails, tous ces personnages, cette lumière qui vient se refléter dans les moindres recoins de la peinture pour apporter une si belle atmosphère à la scène qui est en train de se dérouler sous nos yeux... C'est fantastique et vous nous donnez envie de rester des heures devant votre création pour y apercevoir tous les détails qui y sont imprégnés (tiens, je viens d'apercevoir le chat dans la fontaine au moment où j'écris ces lignes justement).
C'est une véritable prouesse à ce stade ! Un prodigieux hommage aux deux célèbres personnages de Tolkien, EPOUSTOUFLANT !!!
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Jitar Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
112" x 60" -- О.О
Great work!
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:iconsteamflunky:
steamflunky Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
Fantastic painting! Love it.
The only thing i could criticise is that Melian looks a bit "normal". As a Maia i would expect her to shine or somehow stand out more.
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:icongrimdreamart:
GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
What a majestic masterpiece! I could stare at this painting forever...almost. 
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xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
Holy, exquisitely enchanting! Beren, Luthien, and Galadriel are stunning and The Elven Court looks incredible! The designs, expressions, poses, interactions, elven clothing, headpieces, statues, fountain, woodland decor, sigel, symbols, hair, flooring, staircases, structures, hanging lanterns, jewelry, flowers, potted plants, plant life, sunlight, shadows, birds, movement, romance, flow, effects, realisticness, atmosphere, hues, textures, concept, composition, uniqueness, colors, lighting, style, and other details are also wonderful! Amazingly beautiful work! :iconfantasticplz:
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:icongladlad:
gladlad Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
Such a great rendition of the people AND architecture.  One of my favorite moments from Sil; thank you for your vision.  :)
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:iconsilamir:
silamir Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016   General Artist
Oh my gosh....... do you sell prints?? haha This is amazing!
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:iconhumbleartco:
HumbleArtCo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Very nice work.
humbleart.co.uk
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WhisperingFurry Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh. My. God. It's wonderful. I like Beren's and Luthien's tale, so I am happy to see this picture. Beautyful details... Congratulations!
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NestofAshEmbers Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
omg I was wondering who the artist was who did this when I seen it in some documentary I can't remember where exactly, but I love this piece Donato!
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funkyalienlovers Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning
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:iconkmcbriarty:
kmcbriarty Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!
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:icondaiolupo:
daiolupo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
one word, amazing!
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:iconalithking:
alithking Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016
Beatiful art work, congratulations! Clap Love 
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:iconmihoshi5:
Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
Wonderful art :heart:
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:icontamariini:
Tamariini Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
cool
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:iconsalmanabofaisal:
SalmanAboFaisal Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
amazing work : O
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:iconmormerilerynbeth:
MormerilErynbeth Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist
Ugh, it makes me feel so good when I see amazing Tolkien art!!! Exquisite!!!
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:icongudruna:
gudruna Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
amazing
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Muraki3777 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
really cool!!
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's amazing! :D
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:icondgarauz:
Dgarauz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely awesome. Great work.
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:iconebonyfare:
Ebonyfare Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! 
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:iconjs2080:
JS2080 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
Extraordinary!!
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:iconrobertshirley:
RobertShirley Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
GORGEOUS illustration Donato!
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:iconaesara-dayne:
Aesara-Dayne Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Magnificent painting!
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:iconroseallie:
Roseallie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
Fantastic detail work! And the award is well-deserved! It reminds me of the famous Hildebrandt paintings for Tolkien.
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:icongralen:
gralen Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
Working your way into the art history books, Sir. Thank you for keeping the Masters alive.
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pest-control-essex Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
How did you do this..you made it perfectly...Now you teach me how to love art!!!!
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:iconlittle-red-fox:
Little-Red-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing... *o*
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:iconannewipf:
annewipf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
Wow! :love:
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:iconhellutou:
HellutoU Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
I have no words for how magnificent this is! It reminds me so much of those paintings you see in school books about the greeks from how they all look in one direction or at each other. and the lighting is perfect. this is truly an inspiration. 
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:iconsaryekad:
Saryekad Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
FANTASTIC !!!!
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
very nice
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:iconevershear:
Evershear Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016   Photographer
WOW! ...I am blown a way.
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