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Dante and Beatrice by JamesSkeltonSmith Dante and Beatrice by JamesSkeltonSmith
Dante searches for Beatrice.
Why is she his reflection?
Ask Carl Jung C:


This is a painting I sold to some well off people in Chelsea in the 90's and hadn't seen since. Today, however, I found a slide of it in my drawer and with the help of a good friend in the computing department managed to do a half decent scan of it.

This was the first painting I ever did that felt really important to me.
4'x4' oil on canvas
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:iconmaldoror24:
Maldoror24 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
a fantastic painting with open-ended questions and mysteries - aka c.g.jung ;) i like also the comic style of the figures, which is quite rarely in the dante theme
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guerney Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
i finished reading Divine comedy few months ago. Itīs VERY hard to read (at least for me) but itīs still awesome. especially hell is my favourite part (dunno why XD )
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I found that too...I think hell is the most exciting part and makes the rest a bit of an anticlimax
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:iconstuartreading:
stuartreading Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
beautiful piece of artwork; I really like this.
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010   General Artist
your concepts are equaled only by your technique :manhug: very nice indeed
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a very nice thing to say, thank you!
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:iconmichaelkhall:
michaelkhall Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Awesome concept and composition.
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:iconjetjames:
JetJames Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful :) You have a great gallery :D . I love the narrative quality to your work . You might like the work of Gary Shead.
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very kind, thank you!
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:iconarline:
Arline Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009   Photographer
:clap:

but why it is in very loss resoulation
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:iconshamanski:
shamanski Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009   Photographer
mmm
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xxFANTASY-CLUBxx Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Your work was featured in this article: [link]
Many greetings
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart:
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retransmission Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009   Traditional Artist
I like the reflection! it looks very surreal!
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart:
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Underground-Rogue Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Student Writer
Oh. My. God.

So good. So very, very good. Insti-fav.
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:iconj0rosa:
j0rosa Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
lovely colours, very imaginative, artistic :)
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:iconprimulatook:
primulatook Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful! i love his reflection...
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disconnactuseractus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
narkissos
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Can you explain what that means please :heart:
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disconnactuseractus Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
In ancient Greece,there was a young man called Narcissus,who was greatly admired 'cause he was very handsome.Narcissus was very proud of his perfect face and graceful body and never lost the chance to look at his reflection in any body of water he happened to pass by.You would think a sculptor had come down from heaven to carve such a faultless body as a living image of beauty.One day,Narcissus was walking in the mountain where the clean waters of a cold mountain pool mirrored his beautiful face."There's nobody more handsome than you!"he told himself and he was suddenly seized by the desire to kiss own reflection and he bent down closer to the water,but he lost his balance and toppled into the pool.He couldn't swim,so he drowned.When the gods discovered thet the most beautiful being on earth had diedthey decided that such beauty shouldn't be forgotten.Therefore,they turned Narcissus into a scented flower which blooms in the mountains in spring and they called it"Narcissus".
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course!!!
How fantastic that Dante and Beatrice can turn so easily into Echo and Narcissus, Thank you :rose:
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gothichristos86 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
noooooo... :faint: why did u sell it! I wouldn't of i was you!! it's really great!!! :wow:
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:iconabuseofreason:
abuseofreason Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! My most favorite love story ever.
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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lilynoelle Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Student General Artist
I'm so glad you found a copy! It's gorgeous. Your style never fails to amazine me; so unique.
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you, always so kind, :heart:
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auth-art Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
Its great, I love the work of Dante Alighieri, its important to me.
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ucmorlale Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
amazing :deviation:
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:iconmardi-malt:
Mardi-Malt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
i'm fascinated!!!! reminds me indeed of jungs anima/animus-concept!!!
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
excellent!!!! :heart:
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:iconjoeyv7:
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
Clever concept, I'll have to check the Jung reference :)
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marklarka Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
!!!
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
A real gem.

Really effective and strong.

John Paul
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deanna23 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
wow, I love it! the movement is fabulous. I enjoy your pieces so much. they are not only totally unique, but I always feel like I am peeking into another world.
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:iconchrisntheboat:
chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning work my friend...very intense in its feeling of freedom.
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The trees and water are especially gorgeous! The whole painting is fab though! :clap:
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just fabulous :wow:
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you x
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msklystron Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This painting is just too cool for words. Dante in rushing past Beatrice's reflection, the movement, the red stripes and harlequin design, and natural details all appeal to the eye and mind. Most striking is the unnatual ragdoll like poses, expressing the distress of the running figures.

I was going to ask if you had sold your work and I'm glad to know that you do. Like you, I have pieces I've sold (pre-computers and digital cameras) that I'll never see again and have nothing left of except, perhaps a faded sketch. I can understand why it means so much to you to have this slide version
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:iconjamesskeltonsmith:
JamesSkeltonSmith Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thaank you!!!
She actually is his reflection C:
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:iconmsklystron:
msklystron Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Ah! You're welcome! They do mirror one another. I wish I knew the story better. I have not read Dante's Inferno. <hangs head in shame, even though she has read reams of literature> But, I've always wanted to and may yet do so.
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