ST. ELIZABETH of HUNGARY
DRAWING by DANIEL MITSUI
This is an ink drawing on an 8" × 10" piece of Bristol board. I drew it using fine-tipped pens and calligraphers’ inks applied with brushes.
The original was created on private commission.
It is formatted as a recto page in an illuminated manuscript and depicts St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a 13th century princess renowned for her devotion to the poor.
I drew St. Elizabeth holding loaves of bread that an angel replaces with roses; this is a well-known miracle that convinced St. Elizabeth’s husband of the worthiness of her charitable endeavors. Two other angels hold a banderole with the text and musical neumes for the communion antiphon from the common of a holy woman not a martyr:
Dilexisti iustitiam et odisti iniquitatem: propterea unxit te Deus, Deus tuus.
The border includes roses, butterflies, snails and a banderole bearing the inscription:
Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee.
Qui trouvera une femme vaillante? Elle est plus précieuse que ce qui s’apporte de l’extrémité du monde.
Five coats of arms represent the Apostolic Kingdom of Hungary, the Landgrave of Thuringia (Elizabeth’s husband Louis IV), Pope Gregory IX (who canonized her), the Order of St. Francis (of which she was a tertiary member), and the House of Árpád.
Who shall find a valiant woman? Far and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her.
An open-edition giclée print of this drawing is available for $75. You may use the button below to pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Be sure to confirm the shipping address.
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