1.12.11

ILLUSTRATIONS for VOX CLARA PONTIFICAL

Earlier this year, I was contacted by the Executive Secretary of the Vox Clara Committee, a Vatican committee of senior bishops from episcopal conferences throughout the English-speaking world that advises the Holy See on English-language liturgy. The Committee will publish in 2012 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 Pontifical, depicting the Crucifixion, the Last Supper, the Presentation in the Temple, the Descent of the Holy Ghost and Christ the High Priest. The central images are surrounded by appropriate symbols and Old Testament prefigurements, and the corner scenes depict liturgical rites contained in the Pontifical.

The drawings were realized in colored inks on Bristol board, in a style heavily influenced by 15th century panel paintings, tapestries, manuscripts and incunabula. Black and white versions of two of these illustrations were also produced.

PONTIFICAL 1


PONTIFICAL 2


PONTIFICAL 3


PONTIFICAL 4


PONTIFICAL 5


PONTIFICAL 6


PONTIFICAL 7


I plan to issue giclée prints of the five color drawings some time next year, and a letterpress print of the black and white Crucifixion. When I prepare the prints, I will replace the scenes that are specific to the Pontifical with other scenes or symbols.

www.danielmitsui.com

6 comments:

Fr Matthew Green said...

I always find your work breathtakingly beautiful. These are no exception!

Anonymous said...

just wondering who the figure with the horns is?

Fr Matthew Green said...

The figure with horns is Moses (he's holding the tablets of the 10 Commandments). The horns are explained in the Wikipedia article on Michelangelo's statue of Moses, which also sports horns.

Gwyneth Holston said...

Wow! Just exquisite!

Vicki said...

I am so glad they found you to do these illustrations for the pontifical. They are suitably rich, gorgeous, reverent, symbolic, and timeless for such a publication. I would love to see them put out a new liturgy of the hours with spot illustrations by Daniel Mitsui...

Anonymous said...

These, sir, are astounding. You are an inspiration to me as an illustrator. I've been keeping abreast of your posted work since 2009, and in that short span of time there is noticeable refinement to you craft. Well done.

Ben