The Leopard and the Eagle

DAZ|Studio Historical posted on Mar 26, 2022
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Zenobia was queen of of Plamyra in modern day Syria, during the 3rd Century. In the spring of 270, her armies routed the Roman Third Legion under Trassus, expanding her territory to encompass much of Anatolia and Egypt, and Palmyra was, for a while, the dominant power in the near east. I've attempted this subject before, here is a more overtly classical take inspired by Alma Tadema, Godward et al. This was made for a competition over on DA.

Comments (17)


Davidvantol 5:54PM | Sat, 26 March 2022

Awesome job. GL on the contest : )

PhthaloBlue 6:04PM | Sat, 26 March 2022

Exceptional render - beautifully done!


CoolDimension 12:26AM | Sun, 27 March 2022

Excellent posing and depth in this image!


starship64 Online Now! 1:24AM | Sun, 27 March 2022

This is fantastic work!


gaius 2:24AM | Sun, 27 March 2022

History inspires us but if we add your talent this gives a superb scene. Was Zenobia this pretty ? I must read more about her and Palmyra and not only the books I have treating of it's recent destruction.

JoeJarrah 5:18AM | Sun, 27 March 2022

She is described as "a staunch beauty" in the "Historia Augusta", written at the time of Diocletian and Constantine I. However much that has been written about her is rather apocryphal and even contemporary accounts are wildly contradictory... fertile ground for the imagination!


jdwtrxk Online Now! 8:24AM | Sun, 27 March 2022

Very nice joe - love to see historicals particularly when not all the details are known. Lets us imagine...


RRun Online Now! 8:39AM | Sun, 27 March 2022

Damn, hopefully not the same contest I entered in. Looks good - like the details.


MollyFootman 10:29AM | Sun, 27 March 2022

Wow! Love all the detail and the overall composition is magnificent. As with a previous picture of yours I enjoyed and commented upon I really enjoyed the history you shared. I love to know what inspired you. Thank you for sharing!



eekdog Online Now! 12:34PM | Sun, 27 March 2022

most outstanding work and heavy details.


Flint_Hawk 5:27PM | Sun, 27 March 2022

This is a fantastic piece of art! Fabulous work!


Annerose 10:54AM | Mon, 28 March 2022

Well done!


RodS Online Now! 7:52PM | Mon, 28 March 2022

This is really cinematic, and beautifully done, Joe! Wow! History seems to repeat itself with smaller armies kicking the butts of larger ones..


hashdoc 9:36AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

impressive scene!


paul_gormley 9:37AM | Fri, 01 April 2022

Wonderful quality to the textures, the differences between cloth and stone, etc, are easy to appreciate, great posing too, very believable figures


jmattatall 10:01AM | Sat, 02 April 2022

Beautifully rich textures, well done!


UteBigSmile 2:03PM | Sat, 02 April 2022

Your new image looks fantastic once again! I wonder why men always have to bow so humbly to these female despots (or vis-vera)? Oh yes, because otherwise their heads will roll!

BellaDark 9:37AM | Thu, 07 April 2022

Fantastic scene, and posing and expression, Joe. They are just so natural. Her expression, lol, it's perfect... "what is this peasant doing here?" Wonderful work :)

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