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This drawing was made in imitation of the great illuminated Chi-Rho pages in 6-9th century Gospel manuscripts from Britain and Ireland. In these, the beginning of the 18th verse of the first chapter of St. Matthew's Gospel (Christi autem generatio sic erat: cum esset desponsata mater ejus Maria Joseph, antequam convenirent inventa est in utero habens de Spiritu Sancto) is given an elaborate artistic treatment. The word Christi, represented by the Greek abbreviation XPI, takes up most of the page. The style is characterized by elaborate decorative knotwork, lacertine animals, interlocking spirals and rune-like lettering.
I based my own work mostly on the two most famous early Insular manuscripts, the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels. I consider these (especially the Lindisfarne Gospels) to be pinnacle examples of the illustrator's art, and I have been trying for at least fifteen years to create something similar. I have also been studying some of the lesser-known manuscripts from this era lately.
My drawing combines the Chi-Rho monogram with images of Christ and the four Evangelical Beasts. It was drawn with colored inks and gold leaf on Bristol board, and measures 8" wide, 10" tall. The original is for sale for $2400. Giclee prints are available for $80 each.
Posted by Daniel Mitsui at 11:51 AM