I wanted to represent a mediterranean sunny day.
All effects like casted shadows and reflections on the NMM are painted obviously.

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I imagined a successful gladiator, a survivor of many afternoons of glory coming out of the mouth door of the coliseum, with half a body still in shadows and the front gilded by the sun bouncing off the sand. I would look at the public, as Francesco totti had done for years, haughty, proud, aware that the wooden sword would be within reach of his hand ... one last battle in front of him, with the light of the sun bathing him completely and the cry of thousands of voices chanting his name ....

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