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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 Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This pic may well become iconic.

Reminds me of some of Lord Dunsany's tales where Sime would do a picture and Dunsany would weave a story around it. The reverse of what usually takes place.

Anyway, end of chapter 15.
MorisatoMegumi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
I know it sounds strange, but that's a funny picture! I love it!
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...
TheBigDestroyer Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
The book DID have a happy ending.
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:
TRexT Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
great composition and idea! this is really thoughtful and moving
TheQuietSnow Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
poor Pinocchio:D you love stories i suppose, just like me:D
tuyenktran Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
May I ask what medium you used to create this? It's so nice and melty...:D
barbarasobczynska Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh, sure You may:), i painted it with very precise little brushes using inks, mainly brown white and black, on thick watercolour paper :) i hope it answers your question :) cheers!
CatchMe-22 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
this is amazing... i love the surreal, ghostlike quality about it!

btw thanks for the fav... muchly appreciated! Feel free to drop by again anytime :wave:
artkonik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Moja córeczka uwielbia "Pinokia", sam wciągnąłem się w tę powieść, nawet pracuję aktualnie nad projektem do niej.
barbarasobczynska Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
rzeczywiście, powieść jest znakomita, to literatura przez duże L, mimo że docelowo pisana dla odbiorców niewielkich :), z dużym zainteresowaniem będę wypatrywać Twojego projektu do "Pinokia", pozdrowienia dla córeczki! :aww:
artkonik Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
PepperM Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I just love the way you draw.You are so talented and creative.
Weasley-Detectives Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist
I think a lot of people forget how dark a story Pinocchio is (even the Disney adaptation is anything but light). I love that you capture the feeling of the stale with this wintry scene. Really beautiful and sad.
il-gatto-cieco Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, it's my namesake! I love your drawings, they're so pretty!
Farewell-World Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Pinnochio is a harsh yet brilliant story to read. I like how the characters mesh with the white snow, the villians are appropriately devious, and Pinnochio is appropriately naive.
petew232 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have some what of an amazing gallery. this this illustration its very fluid. the tree reminds me of milk. :superman:
donya-kills-fishies Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
This is so beautiful
donya-kills-fishies Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
this is so beautiful
Im-a-black-rainbow Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
your gallery is really great but this to me sticks out so much. I love the feeling of it and the sadness that you have captured, I think its interesting that you have taken a classic tale and put your own spin on it.
golden-quince Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is great...i love it. :deviation:
jamesgreen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This I feel is one of your best - really is super stuff
jfkpaint Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
What a wonderful story behind the painting. I would have missed the analogy with Jesus, if I hadn't read your comment. I now look at an amazing painting in a different light.
Livala Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
ForgetfulRainn Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
This is awesome!
barbarasobczynska Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
thanks, this is also one of my personal favourites of my gallery:nod:
Letaz-Art Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
A R T !!!! i love it. what can i say? nothing really important, it speaks for itself.
vvalhallaa Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
:aww: is beautiful Basia, and at same time sad; and thx for writing a bit of the story :blushes: had not yet the pleasure to read Collodi's book of Pinocchio. Snowed a bit here these last days sending u some before it melts, which here happens really fast :) hope u are fine take care.
madewithsadness Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome, looks like 3D! :D
j-friLLyROtt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
you are a genius o 3 o especially how you make the snowy scenes! what media do u use for the snow? T o T
MerryMeeper Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Hmm... really interesting comparison. I'd never thought of Pinnochio that way, but I've always thought that fairy tales were very rich and deep. ^^
As always... gorgeous work. Everything you make seems to take place in this beautiful dream land that I'd love to go to. Er... except for the being hung on trees bit. ><
makawakan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Ah, I love all of their expressions :)
Curiosa37 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Hello Basia,
Your gallery is so wonderful! I just love this piece, incredilby done and great great fave~! :bow:

ps. thanks so much for the faves, I'm so pleased you like them! :)
Cheers and keep up the great work!
barbarasobczynska Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hello Manon :) The compliments from you are particularly great to read, 'cause i find your art to be superb :clap:
so you too please keep up your fantastic work :w00t:
Curiosa37 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Hello dear Basia,
You are so kind :hug: thank you so much!
I so love your style and work, I will be sure to visit often :)
Thanks so much for the faves, I'm so pleased you like my work! Can't wait to see more!
Cheers :sun:
MoonyL00ny Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Student General Artist
HoLLyp0p Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
sinisterly seductive this image......mmmmmm
puppet-soul Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
awesome work
nice effect and colours
Bardzo wiele przekazujący obraz. I kotek jest przerażający.
Malgorzata-Skibinska Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Ilustracja nasuwa skojarzenia również ze śmiercią Judasza. A pamiętasz tę skrzypiącą szubienicę z "Zamku kaniowskiego"? :love:. Aż w gardle człowieka ściska - z rozkoszy. Czy Ty to malowałaś lukrem? :D Zimowym lukrem. Chłodnym. Cudny efekt. Monitor polizać chciałam :licking: "Hangman, hangman, hangman / slack your rope awhile / I think I see my father / ridin’ many a mile/ Father did you bring any silver / father did you bring any gold / Or did you come to see me / hangin' from the gallows pole / No, I didn’t bring any silver / no I didn’t bring any gold / I just come to see you / hangin’ from the gallows pole..." [link]
Luctusa Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
I love this piece so much. I remember viewing it and I was quite sure that I faved it and commented. But it seems that I haven't.

Anyway, what I wanted to say is that it's absolutely beautiful. I love both composition and colour scheme wich is a little bit unusual because of inverted use of colours in perspective. Unusual, but still gives great depth to the scene. :heart:
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