DRAWING by DANIEL MITSUI
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This is an ink drawing on a 5" × 7" piece of paper. I drew it using technical pens; calligraphers’ inks applied with brushes; and palladium and 23k gold leaf. The handmade cotton paper has a laid pattern, two deckle edges and two torn edges; it was made at Twinrocker Papers.
The central image depicts St. Cajetan, an Italian priest who lived from 1480 to 1547. He is best known for having founded the Theatine order, for having initiated the 40 Hours devotion, and for being the patron saint of job-seekers. In 1517, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Cajetan and placed the Christ Child in his arms.
The decorative border of flowering plants and birds is a reference to the Sermon on the Mount, words especically comforting to the unemployed who seek St. Cajetan's intercession:
Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you of much more value than they? ... Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these.... Be not solicitous therefore, saying, what shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the heathens seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.
The original was created on private commission.
An open-edition giclée print of this drawing is available for $33. 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 handmade paper, which is not perfectly white, flat or homogenous. Natural variations in the color and thickness of the paper 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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