ST. DROGO of SEBOURG
DRAWING by DANIEL MITSUI
This is an ink drawing on a 5" × 7 1/4" piece of calfskin vellum. I drew it using calligraphers’ inks applied with dip pens and brushes; and 23k gold leaf and palladium leaf.
The original was created on private commission.
It is formatted as a recto page in an illuminated manuscript. The central image depicts St. Drogo (a.k.a. Druon) of Sebourg, a twelfth century pilgrim, shepherd and hermit. My drawing refers to all three of these stages in his life. In the foreground, I drew him as a youthful pilgrim. The path on which walks leads through a field of sheep in which he appears again as a somewhat older shepherd, and ends at the hermit’s cell built against his parish church where he concluded his life. Thus, the path represents both a literal pilgrimage as well as a figurative pilgrimage through life. Having the saint visible in two different places refers also to his ability to bilocate.
St. Drogo is the patron saint of coffeehouses. In reference to this, I drew the plants that yield coffee, tea, cocoa and vanilla in the ornamental border.
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 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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