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Battle Of Lepanto

Huge Venetian galeasse San Lorenzo. Attacking the turkish fleet in Battle of Lepanto 1571. Was the biggest battle of oarvessels, about 200 galleys on each side . Design of the ship based on old painting and some engravings. I hope its a realistic reconstruction. This was my first picture showing some ship, is about 2 years old.
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SucculentFruit13's avatar

Dude, your work is fantastic. You've really nailed the lighting in all your pieces, to the point where its completely atmospheric. I'd love to be able to paint like this, thanks for sharing this with us!

allah817's avatar
Wonderful galleass!
RelativeEquinox's avatar
Unfortunately, there are a few issues I can see if you want it to be realistic. First off, medieval Galleys tended to have a curved shaped on the deck. Not to an extreme, but a bit more noticeable than what you have here. Second, while you got the lateen sail focus right, the bows of galleys looked totally different from the age of sail ships. Their forecastles were more like covered or raised platforms under which the cannons would be mounted and from the tops of which marines would board enemy ships once engaged up close.

Further, cannons on galleys were generally mounted centerline only-- peeking out of the forecastle area. Cannons that were mounted on the sides were generally smaller swiveling guns. 

Here for example is a galley used by the Knights Hospitaller in the 16th century around the Lepanto times. This is more what galleys looked like in general. 

Now, all of that said, I don't know much about the enormous Venetian Galleasses and they could have been rather different, however they probably had a similar design. 

All of that aside though, this is still a very nice piece about a part o history that is not often talked about in modern day media. I love seeing it portrayed and the fact that you even attempted to make it accurate is more than can be said for a lot of people that try to draw Medieval settings. 
RadoJavor's avatar
thanks for the comments, here are my thoughts about this ship. I made a lot of research too about this ships. First they are not medieval ships but renaissance.  To be precise  the Galeass was not just a galley. It was quiet different ship with elements of galleon and other ship types, so I think this one is quiet realistic visualization.
RelativeEquinox's avatar
The line between Renaissance and Late Medieval is really blurry and changes for each country and from person to person. But, that's just semantics. 

If you're certain, then I suppose you could be right. Can I see somewhere where you've gotten this information, though? I've never heard anything about galleasses other than that they were like giant galleons. 
The point about the galleas was it attempted to combine the manoeuverability of the galleon with the fire-power of a normal sailing ship, so it did mount sizable broadside guns. The heaviest guns were still in the bow firing forward but the broadside guns were not mere "railing pieces". See… for a galleas (but it still came to grief on the rocks of County Antrim).
Your ship illustrations have a great atmosphere, far more than a photograph could achieve.
RelativeEquinox's avatar
Very very interesting, than you for showing me that!

And... wow, I just now realize how pretentious I sounded in that first comment up there. To any reading I wholeheartedly apologize! 
Beautiful! Great rendition of the battle in which the fate of Christian Europe was held in the balance.
omarasphall's avatar
ship looks cool.
DAVCM64's avatar
and Cervantes???
RadoJavor's avatar
he is there somewhere.
DAVCM64's avatar
vs Shakespeare?
Nat-ti's avatar
I'm fond of History, past and present, what a gallery ! Clap 
Can I reuse this image in a Facebook post about my advertising agency? We use the paddle as a symbol.
CodyOxcutter's avatar
That's stunning!! La la la la 
In my opinion the only thing wrong is the sailor proportion compared to the ship. I think they are too small and make the ship look too massive.....but as I said, stunning piece of work! ( sorry for my bad english :P )
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BrutalityInc's avatar
Did you know that galleys were used well into the 19th century?
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SomeRandomMinion's avatar
Seems like the perfect way to patrol shallow waters or inland seas (the Mediterranean, for instance), and provide speed AND firepower.
BrutalityInc's avatar
Last time it was used was in the Crimean War in 1854, apparently. 
SomeRandomMinion's avatar
Huh. That's quite the service record.
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