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Pinocchio's Golgotha by barbarasobczynska Pinocchio's Golgotha by barbarasobczynska
it's just my little personal twisted-fanart on a fragment of the unforgettable Carlo Collodi's "Pinocchio", done mainly with inks and some watercolours (of course made into a much more "winterly" scene than the text itself suggests^^;,pardon me, i do have a weakness for snowy settings, probably even if i had to illustrate "The Jungle Book" i would make it snowy;)),

i simply had to do it, it just striked me how very reminiscent of Jesus' martyrdom scene from the "Bible" the scene from "Pinocchio" is, even with an echo of the "Eli, Eli, lama sabahtani!" calling,
and i can't help thinking Pinnocchio and Jesus characters do have a lot in common indeed - just look - both somehow unnatural/"adopted" sons of poor carpenters, both at some point hung on a tree/wood, both need to do some "work" in order to fully become humans :hmm: Pinocchio definitely could be Jesus' alter ego, or at least little brother;)

""Well," the Assassins asked, "will you open your mouth now or not? Ah! You do not answer? Very well, this time you shall open it." (...)
"I understand," said one of them to the other, "there is nothing left to do now but to hang him."
"To hang him," repeated the other. (...) They slipped the noose around his neck. Throwing the rope over the high limb of a giant oak tree, they pulled till the poor Marionette hung far up in space.
Death was creeping nearer and nearer, and the Marionette still hoped for some good soul to come to his rescue, but no one appeared. As he was about to die, he thought of his poor old father, and hardly conscious of what he was saying, murmured to himself:
"Oh, Father, dear Father! If you were only here!"

These were his last words. He closed his eyes, opened his mouth, stretched out his legs, and hung there, as if he were dead.

[C.Collodi, Pinocchio]

i was also strongly inspired by this brilliant Pinocchio-picture [link] and a conversation i had with its superb author:iconsheze:, and also by a talk on the same topic i had with my dear erudite friend :iconcharonferryman:

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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
AS IF he were dead. Incidents such as this, the burning off of his feet, the fate of the donkeys on pleasure island, and the smashing of Jiminy Cricket were rather grim for Disney. He oft took real liberties with the idea - such as happy endings for stories that were cruel...
martaraff Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Feature: [link] *
RannieLR Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Dark Pinocchio !!!! Dark and evocative !!!
KootiesMom Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
This is brilliant! I love the moody atmosphere! The wintery setting just adds to the overall feel.
phootyraskel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
most all childrens books are authored by adults writing for children. seems to me the writers working through this medium often expose their gears at work ,not to the children ,but to other adults,which is fascinating as is your drawing,and comments.
anotherwanderer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Pinocchio does, indeed, have more meanings than it seems at a first glance. It's not really a children's book ;)
ifirejoice Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I adore this. Everything in the forground is white, the characters, the tree and of course the snow, and this is a nice effect. I love how dense and thick the snow is.

I'd like to ask, what edition/translation is that extract from? I'd like to get the book and because of the lovely way that extract is written I'd like the same translation.
Citron--Vert Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your wonderfull work is featuring here : [link]
StrongHeart655 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
fantastic work! very good:)
nenee Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:kiaaaaaaaa amazing color /lights effec:heart: such an splendid technique also:love:
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