DRAWING by DANIEL MITSUI
This is an ink drawing on a 5 1/2" × 8" piece of calfskin vellum. I drew it using calligraphers’ inks applied with brushes and metal-tipped dip pens.
The original was created on private commission.
St. Adelaide was a tenth-century Burgundian noblewoman who married the Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great. She was renowned for her piety and acts of charity. She was a patron of religious houses in the empire and of missionary efforts to the pagans in Northern Europe.
One incident was particularly in mind when I drew this image. Early in her life, St. Adelaide forced into captivity for refusing to marry Adalbert of Ivrea. Assisted by a priest, she escaped through a tunnel and hid for a time in the wilderness. (Because I drew this for an American patron, the flora and fauna are American rather than European.) The border of knots and braids was inspired by early medieval manuscript decoration.
An open-edition giclée print of this drawing is available for $41. You may use the button below to pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Be sure to confirm the shipping address.
Please note that the original drawing was made on calfskin vellum, which is not perfectly white, flat or homogenous. Natural variations in the color and thickness of the calfskin show up in the giclée print, especially in the outer borders. These are not smudges or printing errors, but part of the artwork itself.
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