Daniel Mitsui ~ Summula Pictoria ~  List of Drawings




SUMMULA PICTORIA


The Summula Pictoria will include 235 pictures. I shall draw these using metal-tipped dip pens and paintbrushes, with pigment-based inks, on calfskin vellum. The pictures will be in full color. I shall use the calfskin’s translucency for artistic effect, drawing extensively on both its front and its back to create each picture.

The cost to commission each 9"×9" picture (numbers 1-40) is $6075.

The Last Judgment drawing (number 41) costs $12150 to commission.

The cost to commission each 9"×13.5" picture (numbers 42-54) is $9113.

The cost to commission each 4.5"×4.5" picture (numbers 55-234) is $1519.

The Tree of Jesse drawing (number 235) costs $36450 to commission.



LIFE of JESUS CHRIST


Each of these 40 pictures will measure 9"×9", centered on a larger piece of calfskin vellum. I am eager to juxtapose events in the life of Jesus Christ with their Old Testament prefigurements, and have listed in italics some suggestions for pictures that might be commissioned together with them.

1   Annunciation to Mary
         95   Moses & the Burning Bush
         123   Gideon’s Fleece
         116   Aaron’s Flowering Rod
                       or
         63   Creation of Adam
         67   Sin of Adam & Eve [ in reverse ]

2   Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

3   Nativity of Jesus Christ
         157   Vision: Closed Eastern Gate in the Temple
         176   Habacuc Visits Daniel in the Lion’s Den
         169   Dream: Nebuchadnezzar’s Statue

4   Circumcision of Jesus Christ

5   Adoration of the Magi
         139   Three Heroes Bring Water to David
         143   Queen of Sheba visits Solomon’s Throne
         92   Joseph’s Brothers Bow Before Him & Offer Gifts

6   Presentation of Jesus Christ

7   Flight into Egypt

8   Baptism of Jesus Christ
         108   Children of Israel Cross the Red Sea
         77   Dove Returns to Noah
         120   Joshua Brings the Ark of the Covenant across Jordan

9   Temptation in the Desert
         125   Samson Slays the Lion
         131   David Slays Goliath
         174   Daniel Slays the Dragon

10   Wedding at Cana
         66   Marriage of Adam & Eve

11   Exorcism of the Gerasene Demon

12   Cure of the Paralytic

13   Cure of the Woman with a Hemorrhage

14   Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes
         145   Elijah Blesses the Pot of Meal & the Oil Cruse

15   Jesus Christ Walks on the Water

16   Cure of the Man Born Blind

17   Transfiguration of Jesus Christ
         81   Hospitality of Abraham
         87   Jacob Wrestles with the Angel
         170   Shadrach, Mesach & Abednego in the Furnace

18   Resurrection of Lazarus
         146   Elijah Raises the Widow of Sarepta’s Son

19   Entry into Jerusalem
         109   Fall of Manna
         78   Covenant with Noah

20   Mary Magdalen Anoints Jesus Christ

21   Scouring of the Temple

22   Last Supper
         69   Sacrifice of Abel
         84   Abraham Sacrifices Isaac
         80   Sacrifice of Melchizedec

23   Jesus Christ Washes the Apostles’ Feet

24   Agony in the Garden

25   Arrest of Jesus Christ / Kiss of Judas

26   Jesus Christ before Annas & Caiphas

27   Jesus Christ Condemned to Death before Pontius Pilate

28   Flagellation of Jesus Christ

29   Crown of Thorns

30   Way of the Cross
         83   Isaac Carries Wood for the Sacrifice
         144   Widow of Sarepta Carries Sticks

31   Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
         84   Abraham Sacrifices Isaac
         114   Spies Carry Grapes from the Promised Land
         117   Moses & the Brazen Serpent
         93   Jacob Blesses Ephrem & Manasseh

32   Jesus Christ Pierced with a Lance
         158   Vision: Water Flowing from the Temple
         110   Moses Strikes the Rock at Horeb
         106   Sacrifice of the Paschal Lamb / Doorposts Marked with Blood
         159   Vision: Foreheads of the Just Marked with Tau
                       or
         65   Creation of Eve
         68   Expulsion of Adam & Eve from Paradise [ in reverse ]

33   Entombment of Jesus Christ
         89   Joseph in the Well
         153   Jonah in the Sea

34   Harrowing of Hell

35   Resurrection of Jesus Christ
         91   Triumph of Joseph
         126   Samson Carries the Gates of Gaza
         149   Elisha Raises the Widow of Sunam’s Son
         154   Jonah Emerges from the Great Fish

36   Jesus Christ Appears to the Apostles

37   Ascension of Jesus Christ
         73   Translation of Enoch
         86   Dream: Jacob’s Ladder
         148   Translation of Elijah

38   Descent of the Holy Ghost
         112   Moses Receives the Law
         147   Immolation of Elijah’s Sacrifice
                       or
         64   Adam Names the Animals
         79   Tower of Babel [ in reverse ]

39   Dormition of Mary

40   Assumption of Mary



LAST JUDGMENT


This I shall draw at the same scale as the pictures of the Life of Christ; there will be a central panel of the Last Judgment measuring 9"×9", between 4.5"×9" scenes of Heaven and Hell. This arrangement will suggest a winged triptych. It will measure 18"×9" altogether, centered on a larger piece of calfskin vellum.

41   Elect Enter Heaven / Last Judgment / Damned Enter Hell



HALF-LENGTH ICONS


Each of these drawings will portray a single person or angel from the waist up and will measure 9"×13.5", centered on a larger piece of calfskin vellum.

42   Jesus Christ
43   Mary
44   John the Baptist
45   John the Apostle
46   Michael the Archangel
47   Gabriel the Archangel
48   Enoch
49   Moses
50   Elijah



STANDING ICONS


Each of these drawings will portray a single standing person and will measure 9"×13.5", centered on a larger piece of calfskin vellum.

51   Jesus Christ with the 4 Tetramorphs
52   Mary as the Woman of the Apocalypse
53   Adam with the 4 Rivers of Paradise
54   David as a Symbol of Music



ANTELAPSARIAN GENESIS


Each of these 12 pictures will measure 4.5"×4.5", centered on a larger piece of calfskin vellum.

55   Fall of Lucifer

56   First Day of Creation
57   Second Day of Creation
58   Third Day of Creation
59   Fourth Day of Creation
60   Fifth Day of Creation
61   Sixth Day of Creation
62   Seventh Day of Creation

63   Creation of Adam
64   Adam Names the Animals
65   Creation of Eve
66   Marriage of Adam & Eve



LAPSARIAN GENESIS


Each of these 28 pictures will measure 4.5"×4.5", centered on a larger piece of calfskin vellum.

67   Sin of Adam & Eve
68   Expulsion of Adam & Eve from Paradise
69   Sacrifice of Abel
70   Cain Slays Abel
71   Lamech Slays Cain
72   Seth Seeks the Oil of Mercy

73   Translation of Enoch

74   In the Days of Noah
75   Noah, His Family & the Animals Enter the Ark
76   Flood Released
77   Dove Returns to Noah
78   Covenant with Noah

79   Tower of Babel

80   Sacrifice of Melchizedek
81   Hospitality of Abraham
82   Destruction of Sodom
83   Isaac Carries Wood for the Sacrifice
84   Abraham Sacrifices Isaac

85   Isaac Blesses Jacob
86   Dream: Jacob’s Ladder
87   Jacob Wrestles with the Angel
88   Dreams: Joseph
89   Joseph in the Well
90   Dreams: Pharaoh
91   Triumph of Joseph
92   Joseph’s Brothers Bow Before Him & Offer Gifts
93   Jacob Blesses Ephrem & Manasseh
94   Jacob Blesses his 12 Sons



EXODUS & JOSHUA


Each of these 28 pictures will measure 4.5"×4.5", centered on a larger piece of calfskin vellum.

95   Moses & the Burning Bush

96   First Plague of Egypt
97   Second Plague of Egypt
98   Third Plague of Egypt
99   Fourth Plague of Egypt
100   Fifth Plague of Egypt
101   Sixth Plague of Egypt
102   Seventh Plague of Egypt
103   Eighth Plague of Egypt
104   Ninth Plague of Egypt
105   Tenth Plague of Egypt

106   Sacrifice of the Paschal Lamb / Doorposts Marked with Blood
107   Children of Israel Led by the Pillar & Cloud
108   Children of Israel Cross the Red Sea
109   Fall of Manna
110   Moses Strikes the Rock at Horeb
111   Moses Destroys the Tablets
112   Moses Receives the Law
113   Consecration of the Tabernacle
114   Spies Carry Grapes from the Promised Land
115   Damnation of Dathan & Abiram
116   Aaron’s Flowering Rod
117   Moses & the Brazen Serpent
118   Balaam’s Ass
119   Contest for the Body of Moses

120   Joshua Brings the Ark of the Covenant across Jordan
121   Fall of Jericho
122   Joshua & the Miracle of the Sun



JUDGES, KINGS & PROPHETS


Each of these 56 pictures will measure 4.5"×4.5", centered on a larger piece of calfskin vellum.

123   Gideon’s Fleece
124   Gideon’s 300

125   Samson Slays the Lion
126   Samson Carries the Gates of Gaza
127   Samson & Delilah
128   Death of Samson

129   Samuel Anoints David
130   David Plays his Harp before Saul
131   David Slays Goliath

132   David Eats the Bread of Achimelech
133   David Cuts the Hem of Saul’s Garment
134   Saul & the Witch of Endor

135   David Brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem
136   David & Bathsheba
137   Nathan’s Parable / David Repents

138   David Mourns Absalom
139   Three Heroes Bring Water to David
140   David Sacrifices to Stay the Plague

141   Judgment of Solomon
142   Consecration of the First Temple
143   Queen of Sheba visits Solomon’s Throne

144   Widow of Sarepta Carries Sticks
145   Elijah Blesses the Pot of Meal & the Oil Cruse
146   Elijah Raises the Widow of Sarepta’s Son

147   Immolation of Elijah’s Sacrifice
148   Translation of Elijah
149   Elisha Raises the Widow of Sunam’s Son

150   Ezekieh Destroys the Brazen Serpent
151   Destruction of Sennacherib
152   Ezekieh & the Miracle of the Sundial

153   Jonah in the Sea
154   Jonah Emerges from the Great Fish
155   Repentance of Nineveh

156   Vision: Valley of Dry Bones
157   Vision: Closed Eastern Gate in the Temple
158   Vision: Water Flowing from the Temple
159   Vision: Foreheads of the Just Marked with Tau

160   Vision: First Tetramorph, Man
161   Vision: Second Tetramorph, Lion
162   Vision: Third Tetramorph, Ox
163   Vision: Fourth Tetramorph, Eagle

164   Martyrdom of Isaiah
165   Martyrdom of Jeremiah
166   Martyrdom of Ezekiel

167   Transmigration into Babylon
168   Destruction of the First Temple

169   Dream: Nebuchadnezzar’s Statue
170   Shadrach, Mesach & Abednego in the Furnace
171   Dream: Nebuchadnezzar’s Tree
172   Madness & Repentance of Nebuchadnezzar
173   Atrocity of Evilmerodach

174   Daniel Slays the Dragon
175   Belshazzar’s Feast
176   Habacuc Visits Daniel in the Lion’s Den

177   Transmigration out of Babylon
178   Consecration of the Second Temple



NEW TESTAMENT


Each of these 56 pictures will measure 4.5"×4.5", centered on a larger piece of calfskin vellum. These are events in the New Testament where Jesus Christ is not bodily present, or is disguised. Some of them (such as the infancy of Mary and the deaths of the Apostles) are known from extrabiblical tradition.

179   Kiss at the Golden Gate
180   Nativity of Mary
181   Presentation of Mary
182   Espousals of Mary & Joseph

183   Annunciation to Zachary
184   Nativity of John the Baptist
185   Circumcision of John the Baptist

186   Annunciation to the Shepherds
187   Triburtine Sibyl & Augustus / Destruction of the Temple of Peace

188   Massacre of the Innocents
189   Egyptian Statue of a Virgin & Child / Fall of the Idols of Hermopolis

190   Testimony of John the Baptist on Earth
191   Decollation of John the Baptist
192   Testimony of John the Baptist in Limbo

193   Parable: Good Samaritan
194   Parable: Prodigal Son
195   Parable: Wise & Foolish Virgins

196   Parable: Sower
197   Parable: Laborers in the Vineyard
198   Parable: Good Shepherd

199   Parable: Wheat & Cockle
200   Parable: Net Cast into the Sea

201   Judas Betrays Jesus Christ
202   Suicide of Judas
203   Peter Denies Jesus Christ
204   Peter Repents

205   Women at the Tomb
206   Peter & John at the Tomb
207   Mary Magdalen & the Gardener
208   Road to Emmaus

209   Election of Matthias
210   Martyrdom of Stephen
211   Conversion of Paul

212   Matthew Writes his Gospel
213   Mark Writes his Gospel
214   Luke Paints the Virgin
215   John’s Vision on Patmos

216   Martyrdom of John the Apostle
217   Paul in the Areopagus
218   Peter Defeats Simon Magus

219   Martyrdom of Peter
220   Martyrdom of Paul
221   Martyrdom of Andrew
222   Martyrdom of James the Greater
223   Martyrdom of Thomas
224   Martyrdom of James the Less
225   Martyrdom of Philip
226   Martyrdom of Batholomew
227   Martyrdom of Matthew
228   Martyrdom of Simon & Jude
229   Martyrdom of Matthias
230   Death & Assumption of John the Apostle

231   Destruction of the Second Temple

232   Testimony of Enoch & Elijah
233   Martyrdom of Enoch & Elijah
234   Assumption of Enoch & Elijah



TREE of JESSE


I shall draw this measuring 18"×27", if I am able to find a large enough piece of flat calfskin vellum. Most likely I will draw it on a full skin with untrimmed edges.

235   Tree of Jesse with a Procession of Prophets



Please note that to complete this project feasibly, I cannot include every single event described in the Holy Scriptures. I have selected events that are most prominent in sacred liturgy and patristic exegesis. Certain books of the Holy Scriptures I have excluded for other reasons. The Psalms I am illustrating in a separate commission; the Book of Job, the Song of Songs and the Apocalypse are so exceptional in their imagery that I want to treat them separately as well.

I am accepting commissions for works apart from the Summula Pictoria, so please do not hesitate to discuss with me commissions to draw persons or events not included in this list.

   Yours faithfully,

   Daniel Mitsui





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