St. Joan of Arc was a 15th century martyr who led the French in battle against the English during the Hundred Years war. She was eventually wounded, captured, tried for heresy, and burned at the stake at the age of 19. In life she was known for being incredibly inspirational and brave.
When I was doing research for this piece I found quite a few depictions of Joan that showed her as a sorrowful, willowy, very young girl with long, flowing hair–I wanted to stay away from depicting her in the dress she was executed in, looking helpless, because there’s plenty of that around already (though there are many wonderful images of her in armor as well!) From the transcripts of her trial historians generally agree that she was a short (~5'2") muscular, stocky woman, with short black or dark brown hair, which fits her image as a farmer’s daughter, who wore full armor and carried a long sword and a large banner into battle. She was known to be at least semi-literate, andsigned her name “Jehanne”
(I know I said I’d be done with this yesterday, but shh, it’s done now, I put a ton into it, and I love how it came out)
Spiritual Hero is an awesome series of sleek digital renderings, created by Italian artist Antonio Strafella, envisioning comic book, movie, and cartoon characters as beautiful religious icons. He says of his own work:
“These icons have various aspects in common: saints do miracles and superheroes have superpowers, both are venerated, opening the conflict between faith and zealotry.”
The first known appearance of “Adam and Steve” came in 1977, in what would become its natural habitat: a picket sign at an anti-gay rally. This particular protest brought 15,000 “pro-family” spectators to an arena in Houston, where burgeoning Religious Right icons like Phyllis Schlafly and National Right to Life Committee founder Mildred Jefferson railed against homosexuality, abortion and the National Women’s Conference happening five miles away. […]
Jean must know what we all love because a monkey with an intense and stern stare wearing a fez is always dear to our hearts, but the painting dives so much deeper than our love of a good fez. His amazing use of the gold background references art from the Middle Ages as symbolism for the immensity and elegance of heaven. Combined with the circular halo employed on heavenly figures and enlightened beings, then we definitely have an evolved monkey, and time sure does fly because evolution doesn’t happen over night. Also, for the direct – and more literal – approach, there is a perfectly painted fly atop a hourglass.