Sunday, November 6, 2011

Keep in the Borderlands inspirational painting

"The Fountain of Vaucluse", by the american painter Thomas Cole (1801-1848). The paintings is now in the Dallas Museum of Art. Even if some details don't match, I found it very inspirationnal for the famous Keep on the borderlands.


The Fountain of Vaucluse isa small village in the south of France, well known for the impressive source of the river Sorgue. The middle-age poet Petrarcus did lived there and composed some of his most famous writing in this place.


The castle istelf did belong to the Bishop of Cavaillon, in the place where an antique bishop, Saint Veranus, defeated a dragon.


More recently, archeolgist found thousands of Vth century golden pieces as a tresaure in the source. Definitively a D&D place...



7 comments:

austrodavicus said...

Most definitely inspiration stuff, both the image and the history. Thanks Nico. :-)

scottsz said...

Thanks for posting. That's a beautiful piece of work.

It is odd that B2 contains neither a dungeon nor a dragon...

austrodavicus said...

No dragon, but the dungeon = Caves of Chaos.

Theodric the Obscure said...

Lots of great inspirational paintings in the blogosphere today (Frazetta, Pasini), but this one came out as my favorite. I need to get downtown and have another good, long look at it.

Zenopus Archives said...

Fantastic! I showed this to my wife, who happens to be teaching a course on 19th century American Art this fall. She hadn't seen this painting before, but said it was recognizable as a Cole. He is mostly associated with American landscapes but did study abroad in Europe for several years, including in 1841 when this was painted.

7kids6dice1gamerdad said...

That indeed is inspirational. I shall have to use that in my current game as my kids venture forth into the Keep. Thanks! Great blog, btw. Just came here from link I found via facebook and the Original Dungeons & Dragons group.

yellowdingo said...

I like the Painting but given the extensive size - the Caves of Chaos are more likely to be the Dungeons beneath it.