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Joan of Arc Mistaking the Goddess Athena For St... by EmperorNortonII Joan of Arc Mistaking the Goddess Athena For St... by EmperorNortonII
Full title: Joan of Arc Mistaking the Goddess Athena For St. Margaret
Medium: Ink and colored pencil on paper
This is sort of a polytheistic twist on the story of Joan of Arc. Here, I imagine that Joan did not hear the voices of saints but of ancient gods. In this picture, I chose the Greek goddess Athena, as her domain is combat and strategy (unlike Ares, who just represents mindless bloodshed). Only as a medieval French Christian, Joan thinks Athena is St. Margaret. Actually, the concept of Christian saints is a bit similar to a pagan pantheon!
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JAKERED2 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, and Hermes

that can be a request after my first one!


but honestly i'm not expecting THIS one anytime soon maybe in 4 years or so?
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I've already drawn pictures of the 12 Olympians.
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JAKERED2 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really? what are they?
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I made a "12 Olympians" series.
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JAKERED2 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMZ! OMO! OMV! OMA! I should Check that Out! does it involve the gods i mentioned? 
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes it does! ;)
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JAKERED2 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He'll yes!
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going2killuall Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
lol
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Glad you like it. :D
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NightmareB4 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Athena for the win! Love the art
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. :)
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U-r-i Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That made my day, it's just epic, and the concept is amazing :thumbsup:
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:! :D
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U-r-i Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You deserve it :hug:
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nyuurocks Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
i'm Catholic, but I'm not offended. though i wonder, then how'd she get her sword wihen it had the Lord's symbols on it. not to mention that she followed many Catholic traditions. Parallel universe, perhaps?
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure, parallel universe. Or maybe a wizard did it.
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nyuurocks Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
BEATORIICHE!(if you don't know who that is, look up the When They cry series by Ryukishi07, it'll explain)
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Fury-From-Above Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
I wonder if this offends Catholics, lol.

But the concept is intriguing, I myself am a pluralist so I am open to the idea of pantheons, and really, what saint would favor a country in war? Let things of Ceasar be of Ceasar.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
There were a number of saints who were warriors, like St. Olaf of Norway. And then there were some saints who weren't that saintly in real life.
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hunlin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Student Filmographer
I think Athena would definately encourage justice loving women warriors like Joan!
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I think that's why I chose Athena. She represents combat and justice, unlike Ares who just represents mindless bloodshed.
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hunlin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Student Filmographer
Also Athena is really earthy and energetic, a bit like Artemis.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I can see Artemis championing Joan of Arc as well!
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saintfighteraqua Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are right.
In fact, many of the saints are actually just gods demoted to saint.

I really doubt God would use saints that are dead to do that anyways, lol. But who knows?
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I only know of one deity that became a saint, Brigid from the Celtic pantheon.
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saintfighteraqua Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
many of the others had their names changed.
And yes, most were celtic deities.
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Bee00 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
your,welcome go to my art and comment on them what you think.
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Bee00 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
Funny,lol,poor not so bright joan.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for commenting! :D
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Lady-Godiva Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2005   Digital Artist
"Actually, the concept of Christian saints is a bit similar to a pagan pantheon!"

Funny isn't it! it interesting at least, nice work!
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:! :)
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KagomeResurrected Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005
that is like the most awesome thing ever :w00t: what a cool idea :D
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:! Glad I impressed you! :)
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larkin-art Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
that's where the pantheon of saints came from, actually...there could only be one "god" but in order to replace the pagan order smoothly there had to be a transition of sorts..the answer was human(albeit immortal) emissaries, or "saints". it's monotheistic polytheism.;)
this is an interesting twist on the the whole joan of arc myth, very inventive.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I like what you said about the transition from paganism to Christianity. It caused some fanciful stories to be created about a lot of saints (some were even fictional!).
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larkin-art Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
;)can't wait to see the result
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ErinHunting Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work-I like the trouble to detail you always do & also the stories beneath them too :)
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Erin! Some of my pictures just require so much! ^^;
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WolfenM Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005  Professional General Artist
Wicked idea! *G* Yeah, we know for sure St. Brigit was the goddess Brigid, so I'm sure there are a number of saints that were "un-deified" gods ...
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I had a feeling you'd like this, Wolfie! ;) Thanks for the :+fav:! :hug:
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blackhellcat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005  Professional General Artist
I love mythology and old legends!:D
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too! (Perhaps you've noticed? ;) ) Thanks for the :+fav:, BTW! :hug:
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TwilightFalcon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005
Hahaha, I like it a lot! *snerk* Saints days = pagan deity holidays. Simple really. St Brigid/Brigit/etc. was originally the Irish Celtic Goddess Brigid, one of the 3 faces of the Goddess. Medieval Christians engaged in a lot of thievery in the name of "God" in order to convert the "heathen" pagan. *snort*
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I've even considered doing something based on the fact that the old Celtic goddess Brigid was converted into a Christian saint!
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TwilightFalcon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005
OOooh, sounds like a snazzy idea!
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HoolyMooly Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005
nice!
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Narcissette Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005
oh cool concept
and lovely execution.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Narci! :)
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damianagalangal Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005
I really love your St. Margaret and your Athena. They're very beautiful.
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