18 May 2017


This is an ink drawing on a 3 3/4" × 7 1/6" piece of calfskin vellum. I drew it using calligraphers’ inks applied with metal-tipped dip pens and brushes.

In all of my recent drawings of the Sacred Heart, I have determined to reconnect this devotion to its early expressions in the visions of St. Gertrude, and to create an image with the vigor and precision of late medieval art.

In this small drawing, Christ’s halo includes knotted patterns in a Nothumbro-Irish style, and the leaves of pitcher plants. His chasuble is Gothic in style, but with an Oriental fabric pattern. The calligraphic treatment of Cor Iesu combines blackletter script with more thorns and Nothumbro-Irish patterns.

The original drawing is available for sale. See this web page for more information.