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Old 09-27-2006, 05:34 PM   #106
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Some context for the masterpiece

I'm Portuguese and I'm in total awe of this painting, the light is fabulous and subtle and the scene itself is utterly touching. I have looked at this painting for a long time lost in its details and it's already one of my favourite ship paintings ever made.

However, I can shed some light on the way that Portugal was "connected" with Spain back then.

In 1478 Portugal lost King Sebastian on a battle in Morocco (Ksar el-Kebir Battle) and because he had no heir in 1580 King Philip II of Spain claimed the throne of Portugal, thus becoming King Philip I of Portugal, (I must say that Portugal was not made a part of Spain but only ruled by the same King, with it's formal independence maintained) this domain lasted for about 60 years and 3 kings ruled Portugal during that time Philip I, II and III.

the reason why I mention this is that by 1588 King Philip I took the Portuguese fleet and merged it with his Spanish Armada (which became the Great Armada) but one third of this fleet was 100% Portuguese from captain down to the regular sailor, ship construction, rigging and sailing techniques.

I say Portuguese sailors because they had been born Portuguese all though Portugal had fallen under Spanish rule it had done so just 8 years before.

So in fact you have made tribute to Spanish, Portuguese and English sailors and also to the biggest Armada of its time.

In no way I want to teach history here, but I loved this painting so much and I saw your interest in this matter so deep that I want to give you some insight and more context on the subject.

Being someone that loves History and Art I just felt like giving my small contribution to a already Great Masterpiece.
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Old 09-27-2006, 06:23 PM   #107
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Beautiful! Amazing work!!!
Old 09-27-2006, 07:23 PM   #108
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Beautiful painting, no crit.
Old 09-28-2006, 04:23 AM   #109
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Wonderful Art.
Old 09-28-2006, 04:31 AM   #110
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Thumbs up wonderful

This is simply amazing! One of the best illustrations I ever seen here at CGSociety. Wow!
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Old 09-28-2006, 09:15 PM   #111
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wow....5 stars from me...
Old 09-28-2006, 09:51 PM   #112
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Love the detail work! you rock!
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Old 09-29-2006, 03:47 AM   #113
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just wow...
Old 09-29-2006, 09:45 AM   #114
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i hate wars

but i love this painting, it shows a little bit of sorrow by the sunset shooting thru the sails.

u are ****ing great!
Spread the love.
Old 09-29-2006, 11:27 AM   #115
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superb work!!! I like lighting and idea most of all!
Old 10-17-2006, 03:31 AM   #116
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amazing piece. Absolutely awe-inspiring detail and lighting.

glad you got that little scuffle with 'azureflames' cleared up over at deviantart ( did...right?)
Old 10-18-2006, 09:59 AM   #117
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thanks. yes i have a problem with one person on deviantart, that predends that hes the author of my works. but now its all cleared.
Old 10-23-2006, 11:15 PM   #118
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awesome work, insane level of detail and great work on light and composition. huge piece 5***** stuff
Old 04-05-2007, 09:27 PM   #119
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I agree you my love.good job.
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