CHRIST in MAJESTY with EVANGELISTS
DRAWING by DANIEL MITSUI
This drawing depicts Jesus Christ in Majesty. He sits on a rainbow throne, surrounded by a mandorla. He raises one hand in blessing and in the other holds an open book with the letters Alpha and Omega on its pages. The orb under His feet is a T-O map, a medieval convention for depicting the world. Its three segments represent the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe; I labeled them in Hebrew with the names of the three sons of Noah: Shem, Cham and Japheth.
Surrounding Him are the four Evangelists writing their Gospels. John the Evangelist kneels as he writes the words verbum caro factum est. Tradition holds that he wrote his Gospel in a remote place on Ephesus as an old man, which is why I drew him with gray hair, and beneath a tree. St. Luke has a small painting of the Virgin and Child in progress on an easel behind his writing desk. Accompanying the Evangelists are the four winged beasts representing them, which were seen by the prophet Ezekiel.
Medium: Drawing, color ink on calfskin vellum
Dimensions: 4 1/2" × 7"
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