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My work based on the stories of Countess Bathory. Of course it is no doubt more fantasy that fact but the legend has quite easily taken a hold in our minds and she is no doubt archetypal but symbolic of many other human vices as well as that again of the dark mother , deathly saturnine, Binah and the daughter of malkuth...shades of Lilith, but in a popular sense emanating from egocentric fears.
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IAmInsaneNoImNot Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   General Artist
I love it :love: At first I thought this is traditional art - it looks like an oil painting.
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:iconsnowinhades:
SnowInHades Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your style.
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:iconmitchellnolte:
Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you !
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:iconsnowinhades:
SnowInHades Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :-)
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:icontheancynt:
TheAncynt Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like a master painted it ^^
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:iconmitchellnolte:
Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, well i did look to old paintings for inspiration and in particular some old russian ones - so it is i guess a homage to masters much better than I
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:iconkmagus:
KMagus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect,wonderful,capture all essence!
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:iconvampirekingdom:
vampirekingdom Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Featured here vampirekingdom.deviantart.com/… :heart:Impressive!
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:iconmitchellnolte:
Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for feature this work!
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:icondi0nisius:
DI0NISIUS Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Very well done!
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:iconmitchellnolte:
Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much! :0)
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:iconsilvietepes:
SilvieTepes Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait... wait a second. Am I blind or the guy in the center background seems Cthulhu?
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:iconmitchellnolte:
Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, well no, but even that thought did cross my mind, Cthulhu being an priest and all, not this was just some hideous shadow self - that one which merely sits idly by, feeding off atrocity
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SilvieTepes Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahah ok, but it really looks like. ;)


Anyway it's a great piece, it seems painted traditional. :)
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:iconmitchellnolte:
Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
digital, but a slow process as i continue to approach in a more traditional way - i would like to think its like oils, but i probably work much more like i am using soft pastels and coloured pencils.
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SilvieTepes Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes, I read it's digital, but it's so good it seems traditional. ;)
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:icondevilpage:
devilpage Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Amazing work!
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:iconmitchellnolte:
Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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:iconfatzjinxx:
FatzJinXX Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Incredible and tragic.Let's hope this is all based on rumors and tall tales.
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:iconmitchellnolte:
Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, yes I think there is a mixture of truth and fantasy as it seems it was in the interests of other groups at the time to blacken Bathory's name also
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ChileConCarnage Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
This is so gorgeous, and metal. 
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:iconelhandil:
elhandil Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Great work, reminds me of the old Hammer Studios movies from the 60s. ;)
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:iconmitchellnolte:
Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes that was consideration in the imagery i was poring over - there was an old hammer film that was referencing Bathory too though i havent seen it i would like to
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lopsidelibby Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
it looks like something from Old English times.
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:iconrodartriguez:
Rodartriguez Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
...masterpiece Master...
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Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I noticed an inhuman looking, green creature to the left of her. Is it a symbol of her own monstrous nature?
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i think the atmosphere of it, i had a person there but the face just was not right, it seemed better when it disappear and replaced with something more malformed aborted creation - the Church often has proximity to horror, but also as the picture is fantasy i decided to risk it
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Nerdy-Viking Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Although Bathory did on occasion take virginal blood (I believe menstrual) and rub it in her skin under the notion it would keep her youthful and desirable, her actual crimes, I feel, are more interesting than what the legends painted.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thats really interesting! i did not know about the virgin menstrual blood but that really goes into deeper more interesting occult paths, - Kenneth Grant Kalas and all
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UltraBananaBuddy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow.
I'd like to see you do something Lovecraftian. I think you'd be able to scare the shit outta me.
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:iconmitchellnolte:
Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
not a bad idea - there is so much in the Lovecraftian world that inspires one too and well ther are many great works out there now already, and some which really terrify
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TonyGCampagna Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Genius work.
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:iconxicemaidx:
xIcemaidx Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!
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:iconbenbischop:
benbischop Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Amazing Work...!!
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:icondarkartmike:
darkartmike Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
realy great, :D
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:iconsonofhades92:
SonOfHades92 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
"Woman of Dark Desires!
Elizabeth Bathory!"
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SlurExe97 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Amazing! I thought that this is a Renaissance painting!
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hannapanda Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here!
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mg1342mg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Very evocative of those old paintings of humanity under duress by various "forces of darkness". Well done, indeed.
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damir-g-martin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful painting!!
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TheCrimsonTentacle Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think it was more to do with the Catholics wanting to get rid of her.
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:iconjredwards:
JREdwards Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Well there is some historical record to back it up, it was more blown out of proportions do to the tales of aristocrats of the age taking part in satanic or pagan rituals.
Sounds like what most rich people would do if they were bored today and didn't own yachts, islands or companies.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol excellent comparison - very american psycho kind of! but yes there is a lot of legend no doubt obscuring the facts
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:iconjredwards:
JREdwards Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Much like any historical figure, good or bad.
Napoleon wasn't actually short, he was average height.
George Washington and that cherry tree story, made up.

The worst people however, far worse than the countess, were unfortunately very real.
Like Ghangis Khan or Mao Se Tung.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yes i agree, the legends like that of Bathory inhabit a more archetypal, mythical realm - like the dark mother, Saturn eating its young etc
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JREdwards Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Or rather historical figures are given mythic status because so little is known about them, they're believed to be magic or immortal, like Rasputin.
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dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Fiction and nonfiction are pretty much the same in these instances... they were dark times where humanity was capable of such acts, it probably wasn't even all that shocking. Not that humanity isn't capable of of similar acts today, of course...

 

Nice work, at a glance it reminded me of the Salem Witch Trials painting by Thompkins Matteson.

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ShaunMichaelJones Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Quite brutal but very complex. It reminds me somewhat of a William Etty painting.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
sorry for the belated reply - i have been so busy  and the comments here became more numerous than i thought would happen (i became somewhat to anxiety filled to read them all at once ) i am not familiar with william etty - i will look him up, thanks for the reference!
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