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Of Lizards by alarie-tano Of Lizards by alarie-tano
Watercolors, 44 x 31 cm

The beautiful text the right lizard is encircling is by my wonderful friend =starrynienna. Go check out her profile and gallery!
The text on the left side is the translation of an medieval bestiary originally written in latin.

Here again the complete text:
First the excerpt, as we had to shorten her original writing so it would fit on the page.
The lizard is a creature of the light and only warmth filleth it with life. Therefore when the darkness of the night falleth, the lizard shall become petrified and without movement. Alas, it resteth not in its enchanted sleep, and its blood shall turn cold in the dark. Thus it must encounter the heat of its kindred; a touch of its own kin awakenth it from its despair, and its fire warmeth its corpus with life. Its scale shall thus regain its splendor, and its blood shall flow anew in its veins.

And secondly the Original complete text. You can find parts of this still somewhere around the lizzards.
The lizard is a serpent of feet, and thou shalt know it from this: it shineth in the color of the clear lake when the ray of the sun reacheth its wave. For the lizard is a creature of the light; it resteth in the warm, and the ray of the sun filleth it with life. Therefore when the darkness of the night falleth, the lizard becometh petrified and without movement. Alas, its sleep is not one of dreams but akin to death, and it shall not find rest in the hour of the night. Thus it must encounter the heat of its kindred, and the warmth of its own kin alone returneth life to its corpus. Its scale shall thus regain its splendor, and its blood shall flow anew in its veins.
Thus spoketh the prophecy: “With the touch of its skin it shall awake thee, one that breatheth thy fire and knoweth the count of thy scales. For it is thy kindred, from the realms where thou in truth belongst, and it shalt seek thee when thou layest in the dark. Thy confinement shall end at once, and thy misery shall dissolve by the light.”


Texts ©2009 =starrynienna
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This image catches attention immediately. I was simply browsing and saw it and had to look at it.

The amount of detail is exquisite.

The living lizard's face next to the illuminated lizard's face is a brilliant juxtaposition.

The illuminated manuscript is very well executed. I love the details you have included, including the initial T and the scrollwork.

The book appears to be in a modern binding. If the image you were going for is a modern reproduction of a work, you have definitely been successful.

The number of illuminations indicate an unusually expensive book. (And books were ALWAYS expensive.) Even the Book of Kells, which is extremely decorated, did not have such a large number of different images on a page.

It appears that "is" and "bends" uses a descending s. The descending s was not a terminal letter. It was used at the beginning and in the middle of words.
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NightfallPthTemplar Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  New member Hobbyist Photographer
Very Cool. It feels as if it will spring to life at any moment! Love it.
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DarkLiminality Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015   Traditional Artist
Amazing work, I love your attention to detail and use of colour.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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theperian Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing. I would love to see your techniques, if you have any Work-In-Progress scans or photos.

(My first thought when I saw it was "That is incredible - who could possibly - Oh, of course, it's a Hower!" What a small world it is. All of those Flavour of the Month challenges really paid off; your work is phenomenal.)
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ich finde ja mittelalterliche Buchmalereien großartig!
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vasodelirium Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
hi!your work is featured in my journal,hope you don't mind:)
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Of course I don't mind! Thanks a lot for the feature! :)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Wow! Your colors and details are stunning! I love the illuminated manuscript! :wow:
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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DrDavisTCE Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Is it possible to purchase this image as a jpeg for use in a textbook? If so, how much would it cost, and (pardon my ignorance here), how would I pay for that? Would I do the "request print" link?
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DrDavisTCE Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I keep coming back to this image. It is so memorable.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'll write a private message about the image use.
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FedersStrich Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Zauberhafte Arbeit!:heart::clap:
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank! :)
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FedersStrich Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sehr gern ;)
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Lucony Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist
Kalligraphie und Malerei vereint in wundervollen Farbtönen..
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank! :)
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely :clap:
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you a lot!
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Nanatei Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ich glaube es nicht... Das kann doch nicht ein flaches Blatt Papier sein! :O_o:
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:)
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Wargames50 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Beautiful :)
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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BretagneMuse Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
This just struck me as so gorgeous- the lizard cuddling up to his companion/friend/twin drawn in the illuminated page, the beautiful script and illuminations, all of it!
Especially the lizards :-)
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very very much! :)
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BretagneMuse Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
You're welcome :-)
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56LoveVsLust56 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool looking! So very realistic with the writing and paper colouring. Great job! I love the cuteness in the lizards.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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JadedQueen22 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Writer
I like the semi-celtic motif in the text. :) I like the piece for it's sincerity. Lizards don't have anything expected of them except for them to be a lizard.
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:) Thank you! If I remember correctly, I actually checked for meanings of different animals when I did this.
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JadedQueen22 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Writer
No problem. That sounds pretty cool!
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Azifri Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the best pieces I have seen in a while =O
...poor lizard =(
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very very much! :)
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Ictoa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is seriously watercolor?
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Yes it is. :)
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Ictoa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing dude you've got it like brilliantly controlled!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :) And also thanks a lot for all the favs!
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Ictoa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome.
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panna-cotta Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just perfect! The lizard looks as if it was alive, and the whole concept is very original and touching.
I can do nothing but stare at it, thinking that it's one of the prettiest paintings I saw on dA. Great job!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow! thank you very very much! :)
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FrancescaBaerald Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great art work!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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RedRo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I adore this!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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NonieR Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Love this!

(I do have to mention that the past tense of "speaketh" isn't "spoketh" but "spake." (Or "spoke," but that doesn't sound as cool.)

--Nonie, hopeless fan of English down the ages
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
Also for the hint with "spake"... you never stop learning ;)
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RubyRedFox Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Wow such a unique and beautiful piece of work
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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niki426 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
wonderful!!!
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alarie-tano Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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