Resurrection by Daniel Mitsui

Daniel Mitsui has just about become the “artist in residence” here. He recently sent me a print of the Resurrection.

Here are a couple shots… it is still under its plastic protective cover.

I like how he riffs from Medieval illuminations.


A detail.




There is a color version, too.

Daniel is a fine Catholic artist.  Give him some support.  His prints make great gifts.  Also, you will be helping his family.  His little daughter has had a lot of medical problems and their bills are pretty daunting.  Get a print.  Help a family.  Everyone wins.

More of my posts on his artwork HERE.

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  1. Margaret says:

    Oh, wow, what wonderful details. I too occupied at first looking at the end of Our Lord’s staff poking the devil in the eye (ha!) to notice that He is lifting Adam and Eve out of the mouth of something *terrifying*.

    Can anyone help me out with the artwork inside the diamonds? I understand the Phoenix, and the Pious Pelican, but the bottom two figures are escaping me.

  2. Margaret says:

    And my smarter-than-me 11-year-old just figured out what the third angel (the one who isn’t lifting the lid) is doing– swinging a censor!

  3. Art says:


    From Daniel Mitsui’s website:

    According to the medieval bestiaries, the phoenix rises from its own ashes, the pelican revives its dead chicks by feeding them blood from a self-inflicted wound and the lion revives its dead cubs with its breath. The whale is from the story of Jonah, which was named as a prefigurement of the Resurrection by Christ Himself: For as Jonah was in the whale’s belly three days and three nights: so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

  4. mburn16 says:

    Absolutely fantastic. These would make incredible windows. Sadly, my church prefers to have windows of natural elements (earth, wind, fire, water, the globe).

    Very good work!

  5. basis says:

    The detail is great. The Harrowing of Hell is one of my favorites, since it is not explicitly biblical, but is traditional and, of course, reasonable.

  6. Venerator Sti Lot says:


    I wonder how far the Harrowing of Hell explicates St. Matthew 27:52-53?


    Thank you! My first thought was that the lion was something like the mother bear licking her cubs into their proper shape; and I was wondering if the whale was a narwhal as Sea Unicorn. It took me a moment to puzzle out RESVRRECTIO DOMINI, too! (And in the first instant, out of the corner of my eye, I took the Harrowing for ‘Noli Me tangere’.)

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