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Robot Sorrow by DonatoArts Robot Sorrow by DonatoArts
I was able to find a small window of time in the schedule to complete this image.  It was sheer pleasure to work upon!
27" x 33"
Oil on Panel
2014
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AceManOnTheScene Featured By Owner Edited Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok here's my guess, eery fantastic painting btw.
It's "La Pieta" here are the comparisons, the human is Jesus but more directly compares to humanity, our innocence and our sin. The orange/mandarin is both the forbidden fruit, normally depicted as an apple and our need for sustenance (weakness) despite having no clothes which implies innocence (like in the garden of eden). The robots represent our guardians (parents) in this image and also our regression into becoming children once again. They are depicted as a couple not necessarily as male and female (robots ya know) but also as our (humanity's) masters.
Despite the human being depicted as dead or lifeless there is no blood on the ground only oil coming from the robot. The streets are painted with cracked paint and rubble representing a broken society our rather one that no longer serves things that are important to humans.

So here is the narrative, we have gone to a future were we have handed over control (willingly or otherwise) to robots (our creation) effectively making them our guardians (like god) but also our masters, we have regressed to an innocent but also naive state and the world around us is no longer shaped by us, we attempt to reclaim our knowledge by eating the forbidden fruit but only end up hurting our guardians and ending our own existence by fighting them, here there is true pity, not for the human which is obscured but for the robots who hold the corpse with care and remorse. Unlike "La Pieta" there is no admiration for the sacrifice because this was a truly meaningless exercise emphasized by the angle (downwards) and the robot attempting to shield the figure from the audience "us", because we are the past that cannot be returned to and no longer matters, ALL HAIL OUR FUTURE ROBOT OVERLORDS! (Okay lol, sans the last line and it was all serious, just my interpretation)
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Sejasama Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018
Wow, my first impression of this masterpiece were partially as you AceManOnTheScene explained. Tho your analyze is in many ways much more sophisticated and eruditional than my first impressions are.

So in the darkest corners of my thoughts, it resembles how human has become a pet kind of creature for Robots. So they will suffer when their pets are being perished. Pets, just like we humans overestimate ourselves above all the animals and other life forms in our planet, even tho in the end, all we really are is just a part of nature, nothing more. We might own understanding that makes us superior to other life forms in some of the ways, but with it comes responsibility too.

Other first impression that came to my mind, was that we humans are "kind of gods" for the robots and their AI, which we will create. But in the longer run, due to our destructive and greedy nature, robots can't let us stay, spread and destroy nature. So they'll be forced to silent our voices, which might lead us gaining a status of God, amongst the robots. They'll have to make end of us, for continual and survival of "humanity", which they will be a part of, since we will program them to feel, understand emotions and all that resembles humanity. They'll be made by us humans, so they might believe like we do. And well, we will be their makers, so we are going to be the Gods for them, as long as we can be remembered, right?

What i'm trying to say is that I'd like to see human being evolve to another direction for our own good :) Robots are welcome but human needs to change before it is too late.

This comment is not to be taken too seriously, it is just a play of thoughts. 
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letalcabbage Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Impresionant job.
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Lucario-Stl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018
I don't get it... From a detective point of view, I can't figure it out...
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RockLou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Legs and feet are so hard to get right. This is amazing!
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Melubnio Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning.
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AdrielTing Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
That person died while . . . . . .peeling an orange, on the street, naked?
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lvtong Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017
神奇,有意思!
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Lumicolour Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
i have never seen symbolism quite like this, and in some way to me, it is scarily relevant. This piece has really made me think, thank you. <3
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Odzilla Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017
Amazing piece, speaks on so many levels
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Banjoker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It kind of seems like something that might have been directly after the Omnic Crisis.
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manavortex Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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simonzes Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great evocative piece of work .. love the realistic color of the corpse , in sync with the surrounding !!
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RestlessDraugr Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you could bring about a second art renaissance, your stuff is great!
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GreenHousePie Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This concept is gripping.
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Crimzen250 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
A clockwork orange
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Katanaman1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible... Both skill and subject
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benjob Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, this is really good. I want this painting in my life.
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LiamHamilton Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016   Filmographer
Wonderful mood.
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deltadev Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
I'm in tears Tears 
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ADE-doodles Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
wonderful piece
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MartinHanford1974 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it!
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Gwiber49 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Robots can be programed to feel emotions and thus feel remorse for their actions.
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ShinigamiRyuku Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
This is Awesome!
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Sword-Ink Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Professional Writer
Oh. Wow.

This is stupendous.
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phillebovsky Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Great work !
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jniemin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Great work.
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am-draw Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful.
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alexkajf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cool job , I really like the idea of ​​an orange
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
impressive!
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Bergholtz Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Stunning work as usual. I really like that you left it open for interpretation.
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Arcturus-90 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I like so much! :)
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Lawsonwelles Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I am speechless...really...wow...words cannot express the feelings I have here...I am reminded of a futuristic Michelangelo though... :)
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damie-m Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Just so great.  Thanks for creating this Donato :)
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micheldani Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
amazing! I've been a big fan of your work for a long time! I follow your blog and find it to be a great resource for knowledge and inspiration. Thank you for being so active.
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harvester89 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A.W.E.S.O.M.E *.* Want a print :3
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Please make this a print :)
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anmeher Featured By Owner Edited Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece is absolutely incredible. 
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Incredible. 
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Meema Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work!
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Commander-Burn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Powerful.
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jrhyder Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this piece is a really strong complement to some of your merperson pieces. Amazing!
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"You have to do what someone asks you, don't you Detective Spooner? Don't you? If you love them?"
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NonieR Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Wow! Both beautiful and moving, as your work always is, and with your perfect eye for textures we can almost touch, like the roughness of the grating's rust, the slightly moist velvet of the orange's inner skin, and the human flesh so fragile that it is already fading now that anything that might have been eternal has gone.

Your work continues to stun me (and millions of other people); I hope you are still enjoying every line of brushwork yourself as well.

--Nonie
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Dadward Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Weeping over the last human.  That's what I take away from this image.
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brontolona Featured By Owner Edited Dec 7, 2014
Your art is really sublime! <3

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MB-Graphics Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
realy amazing!
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Netheb Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
I like that. I wonder what it would be if there was a big pool of blood near the human legs. Scary :D or is the oil the human's blood ?
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Code-E Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student General Artist
"Now I know I have a heart, because it's breaking."

All joking aside, this is a great painting. I especially like the shimmer off of the robots' bodies.
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doodleartsalot Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
so much emotion, so powerful! 
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