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The Great Royal Wife by DameOdessa The Great Royal Wife by DameOdessa
"Ma rencontre avec son ancêtre Neferkarê était encore gravée dans ma mémoire lorsque je rencontrai la Grande Epouse Royale Isetnofret. Elle vint à moi vêtue d'une robe blanche tissé du plus fin et du plus délicat des lins, parée des atours qui attestaient de sa fonction royale. Une fois encore je fus fasciné de constater à quel point les Dame d'Hout-ka-Ptah pouvaient être d'une incommensurable beauté et d'une simplicité qui mettait de suite en confiance leur interlocuteur. A aucun moment, je ne me sentis avili par la présence de la reine. Elle me reçut même dans la salle qui par ses peintures racontait l'histoire de sa rencontre avec le monarque. Elle m'expliqua que celles-ci étaient en cours de rénovation par les meilleurs artisans mais que, depuis l'annonce du décès du souverain, elle avait interrompu les travaux pour vivre son deuil et permettre à ses sujets de faire de même... Endeuillée mais toujours si noble, si belle, si fière... je ne doutai pas un instant que la destinée d'Hout-ka-Ptah était entre de bonnes mains et que Isetnofret poursuivrait inlassablement l'oeuvre de son époux..."
Carnets de l'Errant, III, 9.

"My meeting with her ancestor Neferkarê was still vivid in my mind when I finally met the Great Royal Wife Isetnofret. She simply came in the room with a white dressed made of the finest and most delicate linen, attired in her best finery, testifying of her royale function. One again, I was fascinated by the beauty and the unaffectedness from the Ladies of Hout-ka-Ptah, which made you feel at ease at first sight. At no point, I felt debased by the Queen's presence. She welcomed me in the room, whom painting was telling the story of her meeting with her husband, the King. She explaine me that this room was being done up thanks to the best artisans but, since the the monarch's death, the work had been interrupted to let her and her subjects to mourn for the King... Bereaved, but still so noble, beautiful and proud... I couldn't have any debt about the fact that Hout-ka-Ptah's destiny was in good hands and Isetnofret was carrying on hes spouse's work..."
The Wanderer, III, 9.

Finally finished :faint: Totally different from what I expected at first. I wanted to added a cat, some plants, many other paintings and walls, but finally, it has to be simpler to enhance the Queen's beauty! I'm really really happy how it turned out and most of all the skin! Aww, I've found a new way to paint it, I'm so glad!!!

For :iconcheyenne75:, I know how much you like Ancient Egypt, dear, thanks for your support :huggle:

Complete fresco here:
reference for the pose from a beautiful shot of Ava Gardner. Her face is so inspiring.

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okay first just wonderful the scene is very full and bright!!
i love the mosaic-like background with the birds, who, are actually very well done, the shading and detail on the wings are great, the plants and the cat grabbing the bird, just a very classic very beautiful piece! its almost like art within a piece of art :)
and going towards the women is great!! the lighting on her is wonderful and very realistic, the lighting on the vase on her head, and clothing is great!
the jewellery is very pretty, it actually looks like jewellery!!
my only critique is that maybe add more colours to the shading, but you know what?? its amazing! i love it!!
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Nolhyaa Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student General Artist
J'adore! C'est magnifique! Et j'adore l'égypte ancienne!
DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Oui c'est vraiment très inspirant :love:
gegeledoux Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
tu as fait un bon en vant enorme par rapport a tes premieres illustrations (^_^) encore bravo !!
DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Merci beaucoup :blush:
CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Stunning work. :heart:
DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :blush:
BenHammonds Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013   Writer
so lovely and colorful, I like the cat on the wall behind her, wonderful :)
DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :w00t:
BenHammonds Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013   Writer
My pleasure, that is a wonderful image, I just love the ancients, the study of all the early peoples of the world for without them we could not be here now :)
hyneige Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Belle exercice DameOdessa! Superbe fresque égyptienne!
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