Illuminated Manuscript digitally painted by Capio Lumen. This painting is available as a limited edition pigmented ink jet print. Each print is numbered, dated and signed by the artist. This Giclée print, French for inkjet, is printed using Epson archival pigmented inks on fine art paper. The print is “light fast” for 100 years when kept under glass and out of direct sunlight. It is available in these four print sizes.
6.5 X 8.5 Unmated: with a print size of 5.5 X 7.0 ($20.00)
11 X 14 Archival Matted: with a print size of 6.75 X 8.5 ($50.00)
16 X 19 Framed: with a print size 6.25 X 8.0 ($100.00)
24 X 30 Unmated: with a print size of 21 X 27 ($300.00)
Prayer To Saint Thomas More in Latin ©2020-2021
Stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.
semper stare præter hodie mihi et ego non vincere punctum est, perdet animam meam.
About this painting
About this painting
The prayer in this manuscript painting is a few lines taken from the Lawyer's Prayer to Saint Thomas More. He is the patron saint of attorneys, statesmen and politicians. For adhering to his principles, Sir Thomas More was jailed, tried, and sentenced to death while hundreds of noblemen and clergy stood by the King Henry VIII to save their own heads. Sir Thomas More would not betray his conscience. He said "When statesmen forsake their own private consciences for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.” He was executed, beheaded, in 1535. In 1935, Sir Thomas More was canonized and proclaimed a saint of the universal Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI.
Symbolism in this Painting
A brief explanation of the symbolism in this painting:
In the border surrounding this composition is a highly stylized acanthus plant. The acanthus name is derived from the Greek “akantha” meaning thorny leaves. The flower bracts of the acanthus plant are said to be able to tear flesh. In Christian art the thorny leaves represent sin, punishment, and pain. Red roses symbolized the shedding of Christ’s blood, they can also be a symbol of martyrdom. Saint Thomas More suffered martyrdom in 1535. Viola tricolor sometimes referred to as a pansy symbolize the Holy Trinity (father, son, and holy spirit) because of their three-color petals. In the Renaissance they symbolized remembrance, memory, and spiritualization. Pink flower centaury is named after the centaur Chiron, who, according to legend, discovered its healing power and used it to cure himself from the effects of a poisoned arrow. Centaury flower also symbolizes delicacy and felicity. Courage is a symbol associated with the blue Borage flower. The blue five-petal forget-me-nots and the four-petal speedwells signify remembrance. The butterfly is a symbol for the cycles of life, caterpillar, chrysalis and finally, the butterfly. Bees and ants that are scattered throughout the composition are used because of their industrious habits, as symbols of activity, diligence, and good order. The spots of the seven-spot ladybug symbolize Mary’s Seven Joys and Seven Sorrows.