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This scroll is mainly based off the Hours of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy (c. 1454-55). The Hours contain grisaille miniatures that fill about half of each page, underneath which the customary texts for a book of hours are written in bastarda, following a large puzzlework illuminated letter.

The miniature I chose to use for the scroll is based off of a full-page color miniature from the Hours of Mary of Burgundy (c. 1477), in which a lady is sitting at an open window looking into the interior of a gothic church. Instead of depicting the church, I used a landscape from the background of the Hours of the Cross in the Très Riches Heures of John, Duke of Berry (completed c. 1485- 90).

I used ground pigments bound with glair on vellum - my first time with all period materials! WOO.

Full doumentation is in the journal entries. ^_^

Completed in January 2011.
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Based on Vitae virorum illustrium, by Plutarchus;
printed in Venice by Nicolaus Jenson & illuminated by Girolamo da Cremona c. 1478.

Done on bristol with watercolors.

(I later filled in the four little round frames in the illuminated letter and the one on the middle right side.... with kiwi birds and a mushroom.)

(Note the cthulhu in the top right corner)
Jan 2010
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Daemon Broussard and Morvran Corbet de la Flamme (Sir Corby)
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St. Margaret of Scotland icon
February 8th 2013
Ink, watercolor, gold leaf


“Like a house built on enduring rock, so the commandments of God will remain firm in the heart of a holy woman.”
~ Antiphon from the Common of Holy Women

O God, who called your servant Margaret to an earthly throne that she might advance your heavenly kingdom, and gave her zeal for your church and love for your people: Mercifully grant that we who commemorate her this day may be fruitful in good works, and attain to the glorious crown of your saints; though Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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This icon was commissioned by my uncle for a friend of his who is entering the Catholic Church this Easter, and she’s taking St. Margaret of Scotland as her patron saint. :nod: St. Margaret is generally depicted wearing a crown and holding an open book and a cross or crucifix (and sometimes a scepter). I gave her robes of blue and white, for the colors of Scotland's modern flag.

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THE SAINT:

St. Margaret of Scotland (1045 – November 16th 1093) was an English princess, the daughter of an English prince, Edward the Exile and a Hungarian lady named Agatha. Her father (Edward the Exile) was sent away to Sweden after the Danes conquered much of England. He traveled far abroad, going from Sweden to Russia and stayed for awhile in the city of Kiev. Finally, as a young man (in his early thirties), he helped Andrew I become King of Hungary and as a reward married a lady of noble birth named Agatha. They had several children together, one of them being Margaret. When their children were still young, they left the Hungarian court and traveled back to England since her father (Edward the Exile) had a claim to the now-vacant throne. However, soon after they reached shore he died and instead her brother Edgar Aetheling took up the claim. Harold Godwinson was chosen instead by the English, and after the Norman conquest of 1066, the family fled north. They had apparently planned to flee to the continent, but a violent storm blew them off course, and instead they landed on the shores of Scotland. The Scottish king Malcolm III (the same Malcolm in Shakespeare’s Macbeth) greeted them with great courtesy. A match was arranged between Malcolm and Margaret and the two were married around 1070.

Although Malcolm was significantly older than her and had a very rough temperament, they had a happy marriage, and Margaret had a gentling influence on her husband. They had eight children together and she was well beloved by the Scottish people. She was particularly fond of serving the poor and orphans and would personally feed the poor that came to her every morning. She brought great educational and religious reforms to the country, inspired everyone with her goodness, gentleness and good sense, and rebuilt monasteries and places of learning. In her personal life she was very pious, attended Mass every day, read a great deal of the Lives of the Saints, the Scriptures and other devotional works. Her husband was often away waging war on the Normans to the south, and that was how he met his end. Malcolm III and their eldest son Edward were killed at the Battle of Alnwick on November 13th, 1093. Malcolm was sixty-two at the time. Margaret was already ill, and her courtiers feared bringing her the news for fear that she would grow worse, but the news reached her eventually, and she died three days after her husband and son on November 16th, 1093, at the age of forty-eight. She was canonized by Pope Innocent IV in 1250.

:rose: The Feast of St. Margaret of Scotland is celebrated on November 16th. :rose:

O God, who made Saint Margaret of Scotland
wonderful in her outstanding charity towards the poor,
grant that through her intercession and example
we may reflect among all humanity the image of your divine goodness.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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St. Matthew the Evangelist icon
September 18th, 2013
4.5 x 6 inches
Ink, watercolor, gold leaf


“With zeal, you followed Christ the Master,
Who in His goodness, appeared on earth to mankind.
Summoning you from the custom house,
He revealed you as a chosen apostle:
the proclaimer of the Gospel to the whole world!
Therefore, divinely eloquent Matthew,
we honor your precious memory!
Entreat merciful God that He may grant our souls remission of transgressions.”

~ Troparion (Tone 3) of the Feast of St. Matthew

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, says the Lord, alleluia! - Antiphon of the Feast of St. Matthew

Happy Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist!

Here, St. Matthew is depicted as a young Jewish man presenting his Gospel to the viewer. The open book is illuminated and the words in gold are the first words of the Gospel of Matthew. Since he is also one of the Twelve Apostles, I also chose to signify that by having a tongue of flame above his head. I will be doing this with the other Twelve as well. :nod:

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:+: A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THE SAINT :+:

St. Matthew the Apostle (and Evangelist) (first century A.D.), or “Levi, son of Alphaeus” is the traditional author of the Gospel according to Matthew, which is the first book of the New Testament. St. Matthew was a Jew from Galilee, and was probably born in Capernaum, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee (or Lake Tiberias). He was a publican (a tax collector) who worked in the custom-house in Capernaum, probably collecting taxes for Herod Antipas, as well as for the Romans. Because tax collectors were fellow Jews who worked for the Romans and helped them oppress the Jewish people (as well as taking advantage of their position to practice extortion unscrupulously on their Jewish brothers), they were shunned, hated and ranked among the worst of sinners. The Call and subsequent conversion of St. Matthew is mentioned both in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 5:27-31) as well in Matthew’s Gospel. As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Matthew 9:9-13) St. Matthew followed Jesus with the other Twelve, and was present at the Last Supper, Resurrection, Ascension and the birth of the Church at Pentecost. It is not known for sure what became of St. Matthew after Pentecost. Some traditions place him as dying at Hierapolis in Asia Minor or in Ethiopia or even in Persia. Traditionally, he is believed to have been martyred. His relics are in the Cathedral dedicated to him in Salerno, Italy, in the crypt under the main altar.

One of the principal themes of St. Matthew’s Gospel is presenting Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the fulfillment of the Law and the prophets. Matthew frequently quotes the Old Testament and references the words of the prophets and shows how their words are fulfilled in Jesus. He also stresses the rejection of Jesus by many of the Jewish leaders despite the great miracles He works. Jesus is also frequently called “Son of David” in this Gospel. St. Matthew wrote his Gospel in Aramaic for the Jewish converts in Palestine, perhaps around 45 A.D. It is believed that it was written prior to the Roman siege and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., since St. Matthew does not mention the fulfillment of this prophecy of Jesus’.

All four of the Evangelists have a symbol that represents them in traditional Christian iconography, based on the four living creatures from Revelations 4:7 and Ezekiel 1:10. The symbol of St. Matthew is that of an angel, because of the associations with the beginning of his Gospel which begins with the angel of the Lord telling Joseph in a dream not to fear to take Mary as his wife (Matthew 1:18-23).

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As a small little added note, our current pope, Pope Francis, recently did an interview, in which he mentioned the significance of his papal motto: “I always felt my motto, Miserando atque Eligendo [By Having Mercy and by Choosing Him], was very true for me.” The motto is taken from the Homilies of Bede the Venerable, who writes in his comments on the Gospel story of the calling of Matthew: “Jesus saw a publican, and since he looked at him with feelings of love and chose him, he said to him, ‘Follow me.’”

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“Jesus saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him: Follow me. Jesus saw Matthew, not merely in the usual sense, but more significantly with his merciful understanding of men. He saw the tax collector and, because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him, he said to him: Follow me. This following meant imitating the pattern of his life - not just walking after him. St. John tells us: Whoever says he abides in Christ ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

And he rose and followed him. There is no reason for surprise that the tax collector abandoned earthly wealth as soon as the Lord commanded him. Nor should one be amazed that neglecting his wealth, he joined a band of men whose leader had, on Matthew’s assessment, no riches at all. Our Lord summoned Matthew by speaking to him in words. By an invisible, interior impulse flooding his mind with the light of grace, he instructed him to walk in his footsteps. In this way Matthew could understand that Christ, who was summoning him away from earthly possessions, had incorruptible treasures of heaven in his gift.

As he sat at table in the house, behold many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. This conversion of one tax collector gave many men, those from his own profession and other sinners, an example of repentance and pardon. Notice also the happy and true anticipation of his future status as apostle and teacher of the nations. No sooner was he converted than Matthew drew after him a whole crowd of sinners along the same road to salvation. He took up his appointed duties while still taking his first steps in the faith, and from that hour he fulfilled his obligation and thus grew in merit. To see a deeper understanding of the great celebration Matthew held at his house, we must realise that he not only gave a banquet for the Lord at his earthly residence, but far more pleasing was the banquet set in his own heart which he provided through faith and love. Our Savior attests to this: Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

On hearing Christ’s voice, we open the door to receive him, as it were, when we freely assent to his promptings and when we give ourselves over to doing what must be done. Christ, since he dwells in the hearts of his chosen ones through the grace of his love, enters so that he might eat with us and we with him. He ever refreshes us by the light of his presence insofar as we progress in our devotion to and longing for the things of heaven. He himself is delighted by such a pleasing banquet.” - from a homily on the Feast of St. Matthew, by St. Bede the Venerable


:rose: The Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist is celebrated on September 21st. :rose:

O God, who with untold mercy
were pleased to choose as an Apostle
Saint Matthew, the tax collector,
grant that, sustained by his example and intercession,
we may merit to hold firm in following you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
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Just finished watching the mid-series finale of Doctor Who. I thought it was amazing :) The actors were on top form, the writing was great... just everything was fantastic. And we know who River Song is! Finally!
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