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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and recent winner of a Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists for the Best Unpublished Work of 2015.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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Malwontlet Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
As someone with poor imagination, this work I will have in my mind when I read that part again.
Gilbert-S Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am left speechless by the beauty, detail and skill demonstrated in this massive painting. 
Wyzzel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning work! The details are incredible and it´s a fantastic atmospheric scene with so much love in every single person. Really beautiful! 💛
Sirinuel Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work!
Taelsa Featured By Owner Edited Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
This is spectacular! The architecture alone is amazing!
I'm curious to see what your vision of Nargothrond in its glory is
areeyalia Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mithrialxx Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
I'm always amazed by artists who draw groups of characters in wonderful settings so well. I have these pictures in my head but not the skill to create them. Costumes, architecture, poses, expressions and great lighting. Stunning, highly skilful work.
mille2ml Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018
I found this going through my favorites years later, and am suddenly reminded how much I liked it. The colors fill the scene, and the elves give a sense of wonder, both within and without. Inside the scene they wonder who this Beren-human is and why he dares come her. Outside the scene, I wonder who they are, and what adventures they've had that have never been told. It's a great image. Well done.
NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
A scene i had like to see on a movie.
chickflick91 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Super amazing art!!

Steve Harrington - Icon 
B15works Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazing piece of art! I feel like you gave this scene a fresh look. I love the lighting, attention to detail and the poses of the individual elves. It really reminds me of the classical Renaissance paintings.  Keep up the awesome work! :D 
SumtimesIplaytheFool Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017   General Artist
If I knew the Sindarin word for "awesome", I'd use it. 
TheQuestionMan1 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017
I suspect backgrounds for LorR is difficult, but you pulled it off. 
Imdraproc Featured By Owner Edited Dec 7, 2017
Truly gorgeous pic that astounds with its combination of the high and epic with its attention to detail The presence of trees and plants, combined with the flowing and graceful styles in the architecture and its decoration shows that this scene takes the place in an elven land. The banner and decorations on the floor and dais are very fine, and one can see the attentiveness in the assembled Quendi and the hopes for a union between the First- and Secondborn Children of Ilúvatar! 

The designs of the elves themselves and their garb marches perfectly with how you have designed their home. Thank you for showing us this might testament to artistic talent! 
tuegan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017
Amazing work. Thank you so much!
TheNightOwl5 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful,absolutely amazing this is very close to what I pictured when I read the book. (such a good story) Although may I question as to where  Dairon is? 
JohannaEgeria Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An very interesting background with many details. I really like the scene. You did a very good job. :)
A-M-Pietroschek Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Nicely done. Where I live people more and more fail to grasp concepts like civilization, sanity, or hygiene... 

Tolkien's high fantasy does still have communities, my skill level was just too low, honestly so, to join them... Bit like half-orc among high elves... 
Actarus63 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017
One of the most beautiful piece of art that I have never seen ;)
kraah4 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work! 👍
Leko2 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
Nice work!
HrvojeBeslic Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017   Digital Artist
Oh damn this is traditional, absolutely amazing! :)
charlesatnc Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Nevzen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
well done!!!!
GothicDom Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Wow!  that is excellent work. it's almost as if your standing in the hall with them.  well done!!!!
ShaileeVajracharya Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing 😘
universe1919 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
this is so much better then what I have thought it'll be in my head.
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. 
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 
amegusa Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful I could cry!!!
jleegrey Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
I love your picture.
Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Is that one guy on the left going to slide down the banister? Laughing 
Panartias Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breathtaking work! Reminds me, that I still have to read the Silmarillion! Heart 
RmacDhai Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
Congratulations! Lovely work!
sadaf-malik01 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
Breath taking
Rieliesza Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JGloverArt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
All of your work is incredible Donato, you are a real inspiration!
Another-Person Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
yeniyenyen97 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is beyond beautiful
AkhillesY Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
isfoss86 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is simply amazing!! :)
JoshuaGrubb Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible work. Well done.
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 !!!
Jitar Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
112" x 60" -- О.О
Great work!
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.
GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
What a majestic masterpiece! I could stare at this painting forever...almost. 
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:
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.  :)
silamir Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016   General Artist
Oh my gosh....... do you sell prints?? haha This is amazing!
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