Lippi Lip Liaison

Lippi Lip Liaison
When Gabriel learns Julia’s birthday is quickly approaching, he is quite intent on making it a very special occasion. So, in Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, the title character surprises the birthday girl with a special visit to the Royal Ontario Museum.

While admiring Fra Filippo Lippi’s painting, “Madonna with the child and Two Angels,” Julia and Gabriel learn that they share a passion for that particular painting. Suddenly, they find themselves sharing another type of passion together in the deserted museum gallery. 😉 I thought I would attempt to illustrate the moment when emotions overwhelm the both of them.

After finally allowing themselves to share each others company for a few short days, fear of discovery of their ‘fraternization’ leads them to decide that discretion is a necessity. So, it was back to the usual dynamic of Professor and student–at least in appearances–while in classes or in public. After their breakthrough of discovery the weekend before, this temporary parting of ways was agonizing to both of them. But when Gabriel learns of Julia’s upcoming birthday, it seemed a fitting occasion to reconnect, even if it involved a bit of careful planning. Not that Gabriel minded, since it helped to show Julia just how important she now was to him.

Since it was a new journey both of them were taking, neither were sure of themselves at times. For Gabriel, he often alternates between making grand gestures and being quite cautious and gentle with Julia. His birthday surprise was a perfect combination of both.

It was the ideal setting for their first official date. They were able to simply enjoy each other’s company with no other distractions or worries of being discovered. A bonus was being surrounded by beautiful works of art that they both love, having the extravagance of being in the museum alone with each other (well, except for the security cameras…) 😉

As a side note…I took a bit of artist’s prerogative by having Gabriel wear a pocket square in Julia’s favorite color. Since he was doing everything possible to gain her favor, I thought it would make a nice little finishing touch to his outfit. Plus, it color-coordinates the two of them, which fits in with the whole prom idea and the white orchid corsage Gabriel surprised Julia with when she arrived at the museum! 😉


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Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy, illustration

12 Responses to Lippi Lip Liaison

  1. Elizabeth

    As always, gorgeous stuff but my heart lies with SR and his beautiful works. I am extremely happy that you’ve taken the time to recreate his beautiful scenes. And what a sexy scene in the Museum?? Doesn’t everyone get to tango against the wall when admiring The Madonna & Child???? As always, a beautiful illo.

    • admin

      Hi Elizabeth! I’m glad you liked the illo! Thanks for the kind words! 🙂 Yes, that was quite a scene at the museum! Hahaha I like how you described it as–”a tango against the wall!” 😉 Thank you for giving the illo a peek and stopping by to say hello!

      • Elizabeth

        Victoria, I cannot take the credit for referring to this the scene as a tango against the wall. That is purely a product of SR’s unlimited, beautiful imagination. But it is still quite titillating, nevertheless. 🙂

        • admin

          Hi Elizabeth! Hahaha Ah, I see 😉 Thanks for taking the time to make the clarification 🙂 (…and yes, I agree with you…it is!) ;D

  2. Alejandra

    Really amazing! And I’m agree with Elizabeth, I’m extremely happy that you taken the time for this, apart that’s so extremely close to my imagination… with this I can’t imagine something different between Julia and Gabriel (the first book is so romantic, so many kisses that my imagination worked very quickly for recreating all the scenes), and yes! I hope more illos from all the SR trilogy, like FSoG!
    And I say again thank you very much for your wonderful work.
    P.S.: My english is not really good, sorry if you see some grammatical error :S

    • admin

      Hi Alejandra! It’s my pleasure to share the illos! I’m really enjoying the trilogy so far! Just like you, there are so many parts of the book that create vivid images in my mind! So, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of ideas for plenty of illos! 😉 I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Fifty illos as well! Thanks so much for taking the time to check them all out! 🙂

      P.S. Your English is fine! I really appreciate all of your comments!

  3. Aline

    Beautiful as always Victoria!
    Keep it up, I’m loving your artwork

  4. Christine C

    I just finished all 3 books 3 weeks ago. I really thought I wouldn’t like the series cus of the negative responds online. But I’m glad I bought them anyway…I couldn’t stop reading it lol! Julia been though a lot growing up,as well Gabriel. This illo captures the love they have for each other. The way you show the details of the dress and his purple pocket square is amazing. The whole thing is HOT!

    • admin

      Hi Christine! I’m so happy to hear that you went ahead and read the books…and ended up enjoying them a lot! 🙂 I’m enjoying them too, but haven’t finished all 3 books yet. I’m also happy to hear that you enjoyed the illo! Thanks so much for the very kind words! 😀

  5. Nellie

    Your illos are just flawless, just looking at Julia & Gabriel, I can’t fault it. Not that I know anything about art, but it’s just beautiful. I want Julia’s hair! And those legs. How gorgeous is Gabriel, mmmm, very nice. Love the detail in their faces, I’m particularly fond of Gabriel’s neck. How Julia is placing her hands is so sweet. I love her dress too, that colour is amazing. The red in her shoes is a nice touch. His shoes are nice & shiny too. The flooring is great too and also the painting in the background, love the frame. Anyway, just beautiful work, yet again I’m in awe.

    • admin

      Gosh Nellie, I love how you notice every little detail! Thanks for taking such a close look at it all! 🙂 Hee! Loved that you also noticed and enjoyed Gabriel’s neck. I have to admit I was pleased how that came out. I wanted him to be showing more movement than Julia, since he took the initiative in the situation. 😉 Makes him look a lot more passionate that way too. heehee Thank you for all of the very lovely comments and extremely kind words. 🙂

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