Monday, October 26, 2009

Fernando's Knighting Scroll

Award: KSCA
Recipient: Sir Fernando de Valecia de la Rosa
Materials: watercolor gouache, various period pigments, pergamenata, gold leaf, ink
Total work time: 35 hours
Drafting: HL Gwenhwfyr ber Cain
Painting: HL Melangell merch Marriot
Calligraphy and Illumination: Maol Mide
The major illumination is based upon the early Spanish manuscript Beatus of San Millan, folio 92 "Adoration of the Lamb". The page is an illustration of John's vision of the Lord enthroned in the guise of a Lamb surrounded by the Gospelers and elders from chapter 4 of the Apocalypse. The central figure of the Lamb of God was removed and replaced by an illumination of a triumphant Christian warrior adapted from the Gerona Beatus of 975 folio 134 verso.

The figure of the warrior has been redressed in green, white and black which are the heraldic colors of the recipient. To add some symbols of knighthood, the innermost white circle has an added amulet of gold chain and the outermost white circle has been adapted into a white belt tipped with the recipient's heraldry.

The script is adapted from several examples of insular minuscule from the same period.