The Catholic sacred artist Daniel Mitsui sent me a beautiful rendering of Our Lady of Walsingham.
The 7″ x 10″ print is ready for ordering HERE.
Those saint in the corners are Catherine of Alexandria, Margaret of Antioch and Lawrence of Rome.
From his website:
The print was made on a Heidelberg Windmill press at Rohner Letterpress (Chicago, IL). The printing method involves pressing a piece of paper against a hard plate whose raised surfaces are inked; this is essentially the method invented by Gutenberg that remained dominant until the 20th century. Graphic Chemical & Ink (Villa Park, IL) supplied a traditional printing ink made from linseed oil & furnace black. The paper was handmade from cotton rag pulp at Twinrocker Handmade Papers (Brookston, IN). It is a laid paper, which means that it has a slight ribbed texture, from the wires in the papermaking mould. Laid paper was the only type of paper manufactured in Europe until the mid-18th century.
A few details.
A nice reminder that her shrine is a pilgrimage place.
The Middle English at the bottom is from a 15th c. poem in honor of Our Lady. You have to go to his site to read that…. yes… just go there.
I had an earlier version of this, on vellum, but he has a reworked it. The printing is crisp. It jumps out at you. Very nice. I plan to frame it and give it as a gift to someone who is a convert to Holy Church from Anglicanism.
I wish he’d sent one of the colored versions! Spiffy!
But the monochrome is still striking.
Also, in Mitsui’s email to me, he mentioned their daughter, Alma, was recently discharged from the hospital. I think she was in the hospital for quite a while. I am morally certain that they have a lot of medical bills now.
Therefore… buying some of his fine sacred art would benefit you and those to whom you might give it, as well as this family, who are contributing to beauty in the expression of our Catholic identity.
Lot’s of stuff to consider… go have a look!
One piece I saw when rummaging around was a fascinating version of the Battle of Heaven with the archangels as Japanese samurai putting the smack down on Ol’ Scratch. Very cool.