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Thisbe's Lament by dani-lachuk Thisbe's Lament by dani-lachuk
Based on Ovid's version, this painting tells the story of the tragic love of Thisbe and Pyramus, an acient Greek/Roman Romeo and Juliet tragedy. The two lovers occupied ajoining houses in the city of Babylon. Although they were forbidden by their parents to wed, they communicated their affections in whispers through a crack in one of the connecting walls, a scene illustrated by many artists. A refrence to John William Waterhouse is made in the pattern that I incorporated on the trim of Thisbe's clothing, borrowed from Waterhouse's One night, they decided to run away together to marry, and arranged a meeting point near Ninus' tomb under a mulberry tree at the edge of the city. When Thisbe, as the first to arrive, saw a lioness at their destination point, she hid from the animal afraid, unknowingly dropping her veil. When Pyramus arrived moments later, he was horrified at the sight of Thisbe's veil, assuming that the fierce beast had killed her. Blaming himself for not arriving sooner, Pyramus vowed his eternal love for Thisbe and killed himself with his sword, splashing blood on the white mulberry fruits, staining them red:
'The berries, stain'd with blood, began to show A dark complexion, and forgot their snow; While fatten'd with the flowing gore, the root Was doom'd for ever to a purple fruit.'
When Thisbe emerged from her hiding place, she noted the red-berried tree: 'The tomb, the tree, but not the fruit she knew,The fruit she doubted for its alter'd hue.' When she found Pyramus' body and realised that he had thought her dead and taken his life, she vowed to follow Pyramus and asked the gods to commemorate their love and retain the red fruit on the tree:

' Thou, tree, where now one lifeless lump is laid, Ere-long o'er two shalt cast a friendly shade. Still let our loves from thee be understood, Still witness in thy purple fruit our blood.'
The gods listened to Thisbe's lament, and forever changed the colour of the mulberry fruits from white to the stained red in honour of their love. The lovers' parents finally recognised their desire to be together and both bodies were burried in a shared tomb, to have in death what they were forbidden in life.
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Thisbe's Lament by ~dani-lachuk ( Suggested by ElindielForestStar and Featured by SRudy )
Patryk1212 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
So good that my Latin teacher used it for class today Clap 
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Such gorgeous details!
BFGuru Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
The detail in this is stunning. The back muscles look photographic.
Teknoslasher Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice description deviantart.
Tonez78 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! I did a piece myself of drawing a woman with her back facing towards the viewer. It was my first type of drawing (I usually do front view portraits). I would love to use this piece for reference if I decide to draw a similar piece again. Great work!
GEN-12 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The great work!
Miasmaticular Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She totally looks like Natalie Portman... :o
AmberZ-ArtThings Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
PeanutbutterCowboy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
I'm honestly speechless. Its wonderful. thank you.
TatsuHeiaru Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Was reading mythology for English class. Pyramus and Thisbe is one fo the originals of a classic style we've come to know and love. I must say, for a person who doesn't really like romance, I rather liked it. ; v ;
Emmi-Kat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
I literally searched for Pyramus and Thisbe pictures this afternoon and found just about nothing. Then I see this in the DDs and I nearly leapt for joy!
tommyb709 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
epsilonkleiner0 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
bravo. just bravo.
magikstock Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Photographer
Beautiful painting :) She looks like Natalie Portman :)
Ravean Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Absolutely beautiful; I've always loved this myth, although it's quite sad (aren't they all though, lol).
schnarre Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
...Gotta love the classics! Nicely rendered!
Sageoftwilight56 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! I thought this was a photograph!!!! BEAUTIFUL!
Evershear Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Photographer
I love the color and balance to this piece. good work, thanks for sharing.
Kaod-Mistress Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Such a sad story. ;_; But a beautiful picture.
Amai-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
I love how real the skin of her shoulder is. It looks like I could reach out, and feel the shape of the bone underneith, and the texture of the skin. Really well done.
grunge459 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Congrats, this is a lovely painting. Very skillful.
dynamicability Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Beautiful!!! :love:
Lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
Aerithny Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Love it! Very peaceful and detailed piece.
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