The Gift for my Parents

Last Christmas I decided I would make a nice painting for my parents wall.  This would be a recreation of a page from the “Worms Bible” from Germany in the later part of the 12th century.  The piece was dramatic and had enough gold to catch the eye.  It also depicted the creation of light and the creation of eve so it was a nice religion neutral sort of image.

This is the extant piece I used as my exemplar

worms-original

If you wish to read more about this page you can find it at the British Library’s page here. http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/record.asp?MSID=7861&CollID=8&NStart=2803

I painted this illumination on pergamentata with watered gauche and tube gold.  While I used period techniques to transfer the pattern and paint it I did not use period pigments as it was just for a gift.  Sadly, because it was a gift I did not document my steps as I usually do so you will have to settle with final pieces only.

blogbible(click to see a larger image)

To ensure it’s longevity I had it professionally matted and framed. I was happy with the way the whole thing came out.

finalframed

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