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Naumachia by flaviobolla Naumachia by flaviobolla
Commissioned work for cracked.com. This was one of the most interesting pictures I ever had to paint! I really got sucked into the roman stuff and learned quite a few details that I didn't know yet.

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:iconchristiantsvetanov:
ChristianTsvetanov Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so utterly and amazingly badass!
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Equeto Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist
Magnificent!!!
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azzacanth Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist
Bet that was a pain to clean up after.
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phyrexianrevoker Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why should I watch gladiators fighting if I could watch ships battling themselves in an arena?
Epic
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animeniacKING Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
epic!!!!!!!
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TheAstrologist Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Wow.... This amazing! Why doesn't this have a DD??
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Toogrro Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   General Artist
Beautiful picture. Very atmospheric, expressive and charming artwork. And...for some reason this picture reminds me of the ancient Rome. Perfectly :)
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Majungatholus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Wow....ein Wasserkolosseum (?). Wenn es das ist was ich denke und meine, dass es das ist dann...richtig toll und episch, aber auch...ziemlich gefährlich für alle Zuschauer wenn sie nicht als Zielscheibe für umherfliegende Holz- und Metallsplitter enden wollen *lach*

Wie immer einfach eine Meisterarbeit, lieber Herr Flavio x)
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ArjakMitra Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
nero's circus
awesome
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:iconruuk-ve:
ruuk-ve Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is truly amazing. Such detail! You really do have an abundance of talent, my friend. Nice job! ^^
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aresgirl34 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hello, I featured your work here : aresgirl34.deviantart.com/jour… Thank your for sharing with us!
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Tafuri42 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh Sweetness!. I have seen so few paintings of this event.
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3InkSheep Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
You silly old wasp. <3
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KishanB4 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Wow :P
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The-Raven-Soul Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Woah... fantastic scene going on here! May I ask how you make the water look so realistic? I'm trying to learn how to work with paints as of late.
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Surehuinel Featured By Owner May 26, 2013   General Artist
Feature!! [link]
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Krynkurosaki Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Amazing scene! It'd be perfect for an animated movie! :)
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kjohnston2821 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa.
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automnal-glimpse Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this piece is so epic. It's amazing.
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LaDraw Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
! Wow, Stunning!, i wish i could paint like you! <3 you just made me fall in love with this,

I guessed it was the coliseum when i laid eyes on it! i was taught about it and how they filled it with later and did re-enactments of great sea battles! I love the roman times if you haven't noticed! xD
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Amazing, I like how you did the coliseum. I'm guessing you got a few interesting facts from it like, the coliseum could fill up with water and have ship battles. But I digress, I love it. It just fits together perfectly. I think that seeing a live ship battle like that would actually be so awesome o.O
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Goastantie Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Beautiful
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snartha Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I just looked this up on Wikipedia... I would way rather see one of these than go to the movies. Just sayin'.
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Nightpark Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Roman society and entertainment really is a fastinating subject. Great work! :)
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
:onfire: ... great work!
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Leeyongsub Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow..... wonderful!
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OrenCrisp Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Rowboats: 3, Battleships: 0. Smaller, yet deadlier. I like how you drew the people/crowds.
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huntsman-designs Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just stunning. I particularly like the way you have used the lighting in the scene which draws you into the it.
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flaviobolla Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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lionfireva Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
There were theaters built were they reenacted sea battles just like this. They didn't use the Colosseum like the previous guy was talking about.
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:iconflaviobolla:
flaviobolla Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well I am not entirely sure about that. A lot of old paintings are saying something different ;)
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lionfireva Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OAO I was never really expecting someone to do this (makes my inner history fangirl squee with joy since it's a lesser known fact that some coliseums actually were capable of holding enough water to conduct displays of nautical warfare)
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flaviobolla Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Its a pretty interesting theme. Must have been great if this was really possible :)
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently they were built directly on lakes most of the time rather than attempting to flood the whole stadium (a university actually recreated coliseum flooding during a discovery channel special & they actually succeeded [link] )
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Malunon Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so historically wrong in so many ways, but you've done such an awesome job painting it it makes up for it :)
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flaviobolla Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am no pro in history, but I would be really interested in what excatly is so wrong about it? ;)
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Malunon Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, first of all you've drawn a amphitheater based off the colosseo it seems, based on the fact that it isn't complete; an amphitheater in Roman times would have had all its walls the entire way around, whereas you have drawn them only partially.

Then there's the tribune, which would never have had a vertical walls in between them. They would also have gone from almost the top most part of the amphitheater to the arena , instead of stopping and leaving a useless vertical wall behind.

I could also rant about the dubiousness of the existence of the naumachia, because it is highly unlikely the amphitheaters were actually able to keep the water inside; underneath the arena, there was a complex system of tunnels, hatches and even a primitive kind of elevators, which makes it highly unlikely there was a way of making it water tight.. The scale is also disputable: these amphitheaters were very large, but the roman galleys used to fight in actual wars were way too large to fit in the arena, so even if they somehow managed to keep the water in, they would probably not have been able to use actual ships.

Excuse my bluntness, but i'm pretty tired.. ironically I just came back from a visit to Rome to learn about exactly these kind of things, so that's probably the reason this struck me as "wrong", although, in hindsight, "incorrect" would've been a better term.

If you want to know anything else or need clarification or whatever, please just ask :)

(And if you're ever going to be really serious about Roman architecture, you might (or actually, should) want to read Vitruvius' De Architectura, or at least a part of it (it's made up of ten books, so reading it all might be a bit overkill :P))
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flaviobolla Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the detailed information, Malunon. I seen know what could have been done a bit more correct historically. I am not entierly sure, but I think that my comissioners didn't want to have everthing super accurate how it really was. They where more looking an epic picture with big scale. And this one was immediately accepted because of its style. But something is for sure really strange: I took a look to many old Naumachia Paintings for reference, and they all seem to take place in a colloseum, which is very similar to the one I painted.
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Malunon Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Please, don't take what I'm saying as direct criticism to your beautiful artwork - you haven't done anything wrong. It just stood out to me that you said you had learned some new things while creating this, so I thought you might be interested in some more information, and what better way to give you that than to show you the differences between reality and your creation?

The Naumachia paintings you looked at probably are paintings that were created hundreds of years after they took place. In Renaissance and even in baroque art, these kind of things are a very favourable subject, because it is rather romantic and of course quite a special occasion; who would think one could fight a sea battle in an amphitheater?

One thing you should really take note of, is that this is not "a colosseum". The only Colosseum is the one in Rome, and even that should not actually be called the Colosseum, for it is actually called "Amphitheatrum Flavium", after the Flavian emperors. Every one of these oval (or sometimes round) shaped buildings are amphitheaters, not collossea. The reason the colosseum is called the colosseum, is that the emperor Nero had a statue of him, some 30 meters high, erected near the Amphitheater, which was called the Colosseum. Through some kind of mistake, people started calling the Amphitheater "Colosseum", and that is the name people know today - even though the Amphitheater has a name plate on it saying "Amphitheatrum Flavium".
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PanzerKommandant95 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YES
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flaviobolla Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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wildpainter Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
nice work!
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flaviobolla Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Art-by-Eos Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish my textbooks in school had such nice drawings!!! This is exactly how I pictured naval reenactments when I learned about them in history class!!

:heart: Love this so much!!
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flaviobolla Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Art-by-Eos Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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alyth3cat Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
WOW! This is incredible!
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flaviobolla Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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alyth3cat Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
You are so welcome! :hug:
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