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Quasimodo's Lament

By DriPoint
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Forget Disney, Victor Hugo's original novel is a dark, sad tale of love, lust and betrayal originally written in large part to raise awareness of the loss of important Gothic Architecture during re-development in Paris. Published in 1831 the novels main protagonist, Quasimodo, the cathedral bell-ringer, falls deeply in love with gypsy street dancer Esmerelda after she shows him a moments kindness when he is being punished for attempting to kidnap her on the orders of his adoptive father, Archdeacon Frollo.

Watching from the top of the north tower Quasimodo is distraught when Esmerelda is finally hung for a murder she did not commit and in his anger throws the real culprit, Frollo, to his death before bellowing "There is everything I ever loved" after which he is never seen again until years later a gravedigger finds Esmerelda's decayed remains with the skeleton of a hunchback entwined around her.

In 2010 a British archivist discovered that a foreman of a government sculpting studio in Paris in the 1820's who worked on restoration of the Cathedral was, indeed, a hunchback.


Really great stock images, many thanks to each of you

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IvanVladik's avatar
Wonderful work Jon! :-)
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Many Thanks Ivan
A1Z2E3R's avatar
He wait for Esmeralda ?
It's a lovely artwork by the colors, the composition, the model, gargoyles and dove, the BG. It's very esthetic.
DriPoint's avatar
He mourns the death of Esmerelda :(
Thanks Jean-Yves, I appreciate your comment very much.
A1Z2E3R's avatar
Thus he is going to commit suicide to join for all eternity Esmeralda. He was alone to love really Esmeralda.
DriPoint's avatar
I think in the book he just disappears after she dies but years later her tomb is opened and the remains of a body of a hunchback area found entwined around her remains. A very sad story.
A1Z2E3R's avatar
It is completely it. There was a movie with Gina Lollobrigida and Antony Queen where they finish like that but not in a grave, but in a hole because the Bohemians could not have any grave.
DriPoint's avatar
That sounds closer to the book - unlike the Disney version which is nothing like it really.
A1Z2E3R's avatar
Normal : the book is for adults and teenagers and movie's Dysney for kinds and other people.
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Many Thanks my friend :)
shamanau's avatar
Love this too.
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Many Thanks Brendan, did you get locked in my gallery! :laughing:
shamanau's avatar
Still haven't left yet... Still looking...
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HaHa - its locked over the weekend, I'll pop round on Monday and let you out!
Bojan1558's avatar
Very beautiful work Jon ! :love:
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Thanks my friend :)
Lormet-Images's avatar
Fantastic photo manipulation! :)
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Thanks so much Lori - all down to brilliant stock providers of course!
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But it takes a wonderful artist to do something very special with the photos! :)
revande's avatar
Beautiful work Jon! I like how you created the scene off center and at an angle!! very Visually interesting!
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Thanks Renee - I was lucky to find such great stock
revande's avatar
You're very welcome Jon!! That does always help!!
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