DRAWING by DANIEL MITSUI
This is an ink drawing on an 8 1/2" × 11" piece of Bristol board. I drew it using fine-tipped pens and calligraphers’ inks applied with brushes.
Vox Clara is a Vatican committee of senior bishops from episcopal conferences throughout the English-speaking world that advises the Holy See on English-language liturgy. In 2012, the committee published an interim edition of the Roman Pontifical, including new translations of certain texts drawn from the revised Roman Missal. I was commissioned to create a series of five color illustrations for this book, including this one of the Descent of the Holy Ghost on Pentecost.
The Blessed Virgin and the Apostles are shown seated on benches in the Cenacle, with tongues of flame above their haloes. Seven does representing the gifts of the Holy Ghost are drawn in the border, as are three Old Testament prefigurements: Moses receiving the Law, the immolation of Elijah’s sacrifice, and the widow’s cruse. The four Latin Church Fathers (Ss. Augustine, Gregory the Great, Jerome and Ambrose) appear in the corners.
15th century panel paintings, tapestries and prints influenced this drawing. Artists whose work I studied when drawing it include Hans Multscher and the Master of the Salem Holy Altars.
The original drawing included liturgical scenes specific to the Roman Pontifical; the Church Fathers were drawn on separate pieces of vellum and edited into the print file in their places.
An open-edition giclée print of this drawing is available for $88. 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 five (along with Crucifixion, High Priest, Pentecost and Presentation. If you order the full set at once, the fifth print is free.
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.