TU ES SACERDOS
DRAWING by DANIEL MITSUI
This is an ink drawing on a 5" × 7 1/2" piece of calfskin vellum. I drew it using calligraphers’ inks applied with dip pens and brushes, and gold and palladium leaf.
The original was created on private commission.
It depicts a priest holding the host and chalice, while demonic foes flee in terror. I prefer the type of demon that was perfected in the art of Hieronymus Bosch - composed of disparate elements of men, animals, plants and inanimate objects. This, I think, communicates that evil is disordered and nonsensical.
The vestments have early medieval Northumbro-Irish patterns, as does the decorative border, which includes an inscription: Thou art a priest forever.
An open-edition giclée print of this drawing is available for $35. You may use the button below to pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Be sure to confirm the shipping address.
Please note that the original drawing was made on calfskin vellum, which is not perfectly white, flat or homogenous. Natural variations in the color and thickness of the calfskin show up in the giclée print, especially in the outer borders. These are not smudges or printing errors, but part of the artwork itself.
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