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"The plague lacerated bodies, covering them in 'boils, pustules, and itchy rashes' that gave off a foul stench. The rich died in the same way as the poor. Would you like to know how many Venetians passed away to their Eternal Father? Eighty thousand, just think, in seventeen months; twelve thousand in November of 1630; in a single day, on the 9th, five hundred and ninety-five. "
Alvise Zen, Doctor of the plague

It was competitive art actually. However, the owner of the competition has left without any apologies right after he received the hi-res artworks. The website where the competition was declared has also died ([link]). =(
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The Black November by *Belibr is a beautiful piece of digital craftsmanship. ( Suggested by CatherineNodet and Featured by ekud )
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LeonMello Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Very, very beautiful.
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MichelleVarga Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
This is such a great painting, I love it!
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Art-Eli Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful atmosphere and composition! everything about it looks great, and the green-sick water is just brilliant :)
well done!
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88monkies Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
how suggestive!!
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:iconzakiaybee122:
zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
stunning and looks so realistic
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:iconpiimocial:
Piimocial Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
creative picture !
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:iconelnando06:
elnando06 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Amazing scene, i love how you recreated the idea[link]
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canpassion Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
:star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
:clap: Enchanting... :love: :heart:
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UseR-MaRon-GoAnY Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love how at first its a cheery piece of young live....

Then you see the death and the rats, with a doctor abroad, and it becomes a piece of despair in hiding the sorrow in mankind darkest times.
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Thank you for letting us feature your Amazing work! :iconfantasyfans101::iconslipperyhugplz:
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:iconyiimisekiz:
yiimisekiz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
beautiful scene.
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way this image is composed. Very Renaissance by the depiction of garb, and the emphasis on shadows reminds me of Rembrandt's work. Though it might be the figures on the boat that makes me think of Rembrandt.
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Metalius Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely!
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:icononfire77:
OnFire77 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Great work my friend. I love the sheen of the water.
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:iconthechocopengu:
TheChocoPengu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely one of my most favorite pieces on DA.
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:iconmeiku13:
Meiku13 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
я вот не в курсе к чему(проект, в смысле) относится арт, но это отличная работа. сначала название вызвало вопрос: к чему так? пригляделся... да, точно блэк)) очень классная работа как и остальные, которые уже посмотрел)
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taughtbyabadgermole Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
in this case gruesome = amazing
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:iconstarsky-james:
Starsky-James Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This piece is fantastic....
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:iconferonz:
Feronz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Simply stunning!
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:iconwizjer:
wizjer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Боги, это невероятно!
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:iconmiuv:
miuv Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One of the best artworks here :-)
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mevlitbolukbas Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Backgrounds süper
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darkalfar Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the darkness and macabre undertones are wonderfully contrasted by the oblivious revellers. Subtle and sublime, this is excellent.
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SouthernOceanBlue Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Sorry to hear what happened - uncivilized oiks! Love the print, as it has an interesting atmosphere. Would you mind if I showed it to one of my classes? I gave them the task of writing a short story set in Venice, and your picture would generate some discussion, I'm sure! :)
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Belibr Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, I'd be glad. =)
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SouthernOceanBlue Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Thank you :) You're a star!
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Kaytara Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haunting... O_O The contrast between the glamour and joy of the people in the boat and the death and desperation around them is striking... It's as if the citizens are struggling to forget the situation they're in.
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Quazzie Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Hmmm... I smell a plague-infested rat !
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:icontakaya:
takaya Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
bad news for that situation,
but you had a great work here is some thing worth to forget that things.

awesome piece!!
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CG-Zander Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Здорово!
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killualaura Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist
amazing work, it took my breath
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Featured:heart: [link]
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Thomps6o Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
I am so glad that you still offer it to your viewers in high detail (new wallpaper), when I first clicked on the picture I was saying, please be bigger, please be bigger, and it was!!! Anyways the picture is so beautiful, I had to have it.
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okami10001 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
nice macabre-ish peice tho
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okami10001 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
do you think you might have been cheated
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well damn that sucks! On the up side your piece is absolutely beautiful!
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millush Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
amazing work!!!:)))
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Canine-scratch Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Woah this is really beautiful, i really love how you've portrayed this, i really love that feel of the rich party life of the people in the boat, but in the darkness, there is starvation and death.
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LafnLion Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Otlichnaya rabota! Molodets!

If this subject interests you I would suggest The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.
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mevlitbolukbas Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
goood.d
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kawaiku Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Funny I should come across this piece as I just read a primary source of the event or one similar to it. [link] <- Don't worry it's Medieval Sourcebook ;)

Very nice piece.
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photofairy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010   General Artist
Your gorgeous work has been featured in Design of Liquid November Spotlight [link] and [link]
:hug:
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masterofspirits777 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Снимаю шляпу ) Неравнодушен к Венеции и поражен вашей картиной ) очень хорошо )
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dylazuna Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing detail and emotional piece. The more I look the more I see. Excellent work!
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cranford22 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Beautiful and imaginative!
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:iconserg:
serg Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconceanji:
ceanji Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
wow! you know what i saw a bridge and creek like that in one of my dreams..
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pixelbudah Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this is just mind blowing fantastic work!!
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Jonik9i Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional
Ну видишь, не зря мы поляну топтали на этом конкурсе. =)
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6crows Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
A pox on the contest holder then!

It's wonderful work and you should have won. However, it seems you already have; there is justice in the world.
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