For the Blood is the Life by peters

For the Blood is the Life

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Added: Aug 24, 2002
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Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who tortured and killed 612 young women, became known as Hungary's national monster. She believed that she could attain eternal youth and beauty if she bathed in the blood of virgins. Her crimes were documented in some detail in her diary, and the horror of what she did is believed to have inspired Bram Stoker to write the novel 'Dracula.'

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peters's picture

Thanks. Smile I would imagine that the Countess was quite vain.

peters's picture

I'm glad you like it.

Guest's picture

It's hauntingly great. Definatelly a beautiful face that will stick with you. I'm sure she worked hard on the appearance too. lol

Guest's picture

This work of art is insane! The woman depicted is cold yet hauntingly beautiful. How anyone ever captures something like that I will never know.

peters's picture

Thanks for the information.

Guest's picture

like the others I simply adore the picture.. Vlad dracul was the inspiration behind the idea that the way to the blood was through fangs i.e the spikes he impaled his victims upon, Elizabeth bathory was the theory behind the actual comsumption of the blood and Stefan/stephan bathory was actually an ancestor of her husband's, though his name eludes me at the moment.. hope that helped to clear up somethings ^.^

With razorblade kisses and butterfly wings...

Destyni

peters's picture

Thank you. Actually, Vlad was only one of the inspirations for the character of Dracula. Countess Bathory was the other.

Guest's picture

Acually, the inspiration for Dracula came from a terrifying transylvanian known as Vlad the Impaler. In early years during a war with Bulgaria(I think that's the country)he impaled (drove on spikes) milions of HIS OWN people. Then it was said that he would sit and watch them suffer then would have his servants remove them from the spikes and eat them!! In some versions the Bulgarians were said to be so digusted that they surrendered and gave him the nickname Dracula. Anyway about the picture I love it. htere is this kinda thoughtful look in her as if she is saying "I wonder who I should kill next" The necklace is beautiful and I love the background. This is one of my favorites!!

peters's picture

I don't know how close my likeness is. I based her features 50% off imagination, 50% off an old portrait of the Countess. The portrait was not of excessively good quality, so I didn't have much to go by. Smile

Guest's picture

It's mysterious,yet beautiful. Strange thing is, I have always wondered what this strange woman looked like,for I am a person who likes historic people....mainly people who have gone iinsane. Seeing them or hearing their stories keeps me the sane person I am.

peters's picture

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Smile I really appreciate it. If anyone wanted to convert any of these pictures to needlwork for their own use, they certainly have my permission. I know there is a computer program that will do the conversion. I used to do a lot of tapestry work myself.

Guest's picture

I have just been introduced to your site and I have to say I love all of these - they are STUNNING, I am speachless. I would love to see several of them on my wall admired....They would be beautiful cross stitched onto to fabric - yes I am a stitcher - LOL Will be back often to admire!

peters's picture

It's quite possible that they were related. Thank you for your comment. Smile

Guest's picture

Countess is very beautiful...by the way, when Poland was a monarchy, we had a king who name was Stefan Batory. Maybe they was a family?(sorry for my english)

peters's picture

Not sure, as I haven't seen the movie. Thanks for your comment. Smile

Guest's picture

Isn't that also part of the movie The countess Dracula?
I love it its gorgeous.

peters's picture

Thanks for your comments. Smile I think that maybe the necklace needs some sort of drop shadow beneath it, something I neglected to do. Smile

Guest's picture

Oh no! I just wrote a very long review of this picture, and it didn't go through... I don't remember exactly what I said, but I'll try to sum it up.

First off, I adore her lips. They're gorgeous. I also like the wrap she's wearing, but I'm curious as to whether it is fur or velvet. Is it either?
Her expression truly horrifies me. It isn't an intimidating or scary expression, but I'm appalled that she can seem so calm, even innocent, after all the evil she's committed.
The only criticism I have for this piece is that her choker doesn't seem to be on her. I realize you curved it at the edges, but something about it just isn't right. I don't know much about art, and I can't draw myself, so I don't know exactly what to say. I'm sorry...

Lovely, lovely picture though. And I apologize for not commenting on it much sooner--I thought I had, but apparently I was wrong...

peters's picture

Thanks, Angel. I agree with you...she must have been quite stunning.

Guest's picture

When I finished school I did my examwork about massmurder, and I did some research about this cruel lady. I must say your portrait of her is amazing and stunningly beautiful, I think she was beautiful, why else would she fought so much to keep her look? Love the pic=)

peters's picture

Thank you. ^_^ I agree with you that evil which comes clothed in beauty is much more scary than any gibbering monster.

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What I read about the Countess was sort of a combination of many of the things mentioned here. I read she bathed in and drank the blood of the maidens after torturing them to death using varied painful methods.

Anyways, I love your depiction of her. I love how truly beautiful she is. That makes her scarier in it's own way because of the fact that something that looks so pure is indeed so wicked. Lovely contrast. *winkwink*

peters's picture

Thanks, Steven. If your picture is accepted I'd love to see it.

peters's picture

It seems to depend upon which historian you read. Most feel that she actually did bathe in the blood. The ruins of the castle where she was imprisoned, in a tower room, can be seen in Hungary today, and is quite a tourist attraction.

peters's picture

There are many stories that have grown up about her. Some claim that she did not actually bathe in the blood, but most historians concur that she did. As well, she is said to have consumed some of it. She documented all the deaths in her personal diary.

saznxboy's picture

omg i submitted a portrait depicting her too. it's been a while and still pending and i didn't think anyone would make a picture of her. O well.. your pic is a lot better and "sweeter" than mine anyway. nice job

schlunz's picture

She's so beautiful cold...brrr...that's how I imagine a person like her... I know different things about her: She dit not bathed in blood, she just drunk it, and she ate the meat of the wimen too. From 1611 till 1614 she gets prisoned in her own mension, where she died insane... Was she really so beautiful? That pic belongs, golden bordered, at a wall beside the stairs to the upperfloor of a spooky castle...and her eyes follow you...

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woah is that true?

Art at its best.