GLORIOUS MYSTERIES of the ROSARY
DRAWING by DANIEL MITSUI
This is an ink drawing on a 9" × 12" piece of calfskin vellum. I drew it using fine-tipped black and red pens and red calligraphers’ ink applied with brushes.
The original was created on private commission as part of a set of three, along with the Joyful Mysteries and the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
The drawing is composed of a title, five quatrefoils and four roundels inside a decorative framework of vines, leaves and tendrils. A butterfly in the bas-de-page symbolizes the Resurrection.
The five quatrefoils contain scenes of the five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary: the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ, the Descent of the Holy Ghost, and the Assumption and Coronation of the Blessed Virgin.
The Four Great Fathers of the Latin Church - St. Gregory the Great, St. Jerome, St. Augustine and St. Ambrose - appear in roundels between the larger scenes.
Artists whose work influenced this drawing include Dieric Bouts, Hans Multscher, the Master of the Life of the Virgin, the Master of the St. Lucy Legend and the Master of the Salem Holy Altars.
I modified the colors when creating the print file (which is shown on this page); those on the original drawing are different. The roundels of the saints were drawn on separate pieces of vellum and edited into the print file.
An open-edition giclée print of this drawing is available for $101. You may use the button below to pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Be sure to confirm the shipping address.
This drawing is part of a set of three (along with Joyful Mysteries and Sorrowful Mysteries). If you order the full set at once, the third print is half-price.
See this page for additional ordering instructions and general information. If you want to pay via a check or money order, please e-mail me at danmitsui [at] hotmail [dot] com.