Russian charter set for An Tir

A set of art for charters (preprints) in the Russian tetralogical style. Award of arms Goutte de sang. Jambe de leon. Grey goose shaft Sable gauntlet Inspiration Grey goose in progress Award of arms with text. Aoa painted. Sable gauntlet painted. Sources: Bowater, Marina, and V. V. Stasov. The Decorative Art of Russia. New York:…

Tetralogical scroll for Hlutwige

A Thank You scroll for the outgoing Baroness who has almost everything. Hand mixed gouache, India ink and finetec gold on pergamenta. Approximately 11×17. Most of the gouache I used was received as a prize and made by Antonia Crivelli. This piece was inspired by several manuscripts in the tetralogical style. The frame was based…

Tetralogical Illumination in Medieval Russia

I taught a class at An Tir Collegium 2018 on my favorite Russian illumination style, the tetralogical, or knotwork style. That handout is expanded from previous versions, and available here: Tetralogical Ilumination in Medieval Russia

Russian Charter set

A set of five charters for An Tir in the tetralogical style, these were loosely based on a 14th c gospel from Moscow. The Awards included are the Lion’s Torse, Lion’s Cub, Terpsichore’s Fox, Leo Minor, and Lion’s Mane. To make them a set, I drew the frame and then added different critters and knotwork…

Tiger of St Francis Charter

A charter (preprint) for the Summits, based on a 14-15th c Russian manuscript from Moscow. Source: Vzdornov Designed, waiting for calligraphy. The text was written in a pseudohand to emulate Cyrillic. Painted. Of these versions, the blue and the green are most typical of the tetralogical style. Sources: Vzdornov, G. I. Iskusstvo Knigi v Drevneĭ…

Russian Pelican

This was a collaborative project with members of the Thornwold Scriptorium (Jadwiga Radomyskowa, Ursula von Frieberg, and Valka Siggadottir). The assignment was a surprise Pelican scroll for a Russian persona. We determined to use the tetralogical style, so Valka picked a lovely 15th c Muscovite gospels as the exemplar. Source: Vyzdornov This piece is unfinished,…

Orsha lectionary Baronial award

A Stromgard baronial award based on the 13th century Orsha Lectionary. Commercial ink and synthetic vermillion on pergamenta. I combined a header from one page with an initial from another, as well as switching to a one header / two column layout for more visual impact. Bones of the knot work. One side fleshed out….

Russian Lark and Mountain.

A bardic championship scroll based on a tetralogical style illumination from a 14th c Muscovite Last Judgement. The text is based on the Summits ceremonial, and written in my Cyrillic pseudohand. Hand mixed synthetic ultramarine, commercial inks and finetec gold gouache on pergamenta. Exemplar, as drawn from the manuscript in 1870. Source: The Russian Ornament…

14th- 15th c Manuscript Production in Novgorod.

Many medieval Russian manuscripts were produced by and for clergy, though lay production is known. Novgorod was a center of production, centering around the archbishopric, and then expanding in the 15th century to the monasteries. Types of manuscripts made included Gospels, Psalters, Lectionaries, Bibles, books of sermons, commentaries, chronicles, and miscellanies. (Popova 1984, Smirnova) Manuscript…

Characteristics of Tetralogical Style Manuscript Illumination

14th and 15th century Novgorod saw the flowering of a striking and idiosyncratic style of manuscript illumination which incorporated high contrast zoomorphic knot work formed into a variety of shapes. Gospels, psalters, books of canons and more were decorated in this manner. This distinctive style was based in Novgorod starting in the 13th c. and…

Russian Lion’s Strength, in sepia. 

A Lion’s Strength scroll based on the mid 14th c Theodore Lectionary.  Pigments, gum Arabic, and commercial gold ink on Pergamenta.  Header from the Theodore Lectionary. Source: Vzdornov   Two column layout with header from the Theodore Lectionary. Source: Vzdornov The order of operations seems odd on the exemplar. It looks to me as if…

Novgorod Tetralogical Gospel pages 

For An Tir Kingdom Arts and Sciences, I wanted one of my entires to be scribal based. My favorite style is the Novgorod tetralogical style, so I decided on a Gospel opening in that style. I picked the Gospel according to John after asking the eventual recipient (Tvoromir Danilov) what their favorite Gospel was. I…