Merry Christmas, Saint Louis!


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The Crusader Bible, currently on view at the Blanton Museum of Art, features 13th century French gothic manuscripts, as well as armor and manuscript making materials.  The exhibit runs til April 3rd, 2016.

I had the chance to spend some time at the exhibit this week and have been absolutely amazed at the fine details in the pictures!  I used images from medieval manuscripts as inspiration for this hand-drawn nativity. Cutting out several images from colored copies, I composed a scene full of characters.

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These pictures are from the Crusader Bible, attributed to the court of King Louis IX.  Quickly, the composition became crowded! Then I tried to add a banner with ‘Merry Christmas’ in French.

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It was a lot harder to draw these tiny little figures than I thought!

Some shiny gold leaf gave it a festive look…

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I wish you all a blessed and safe Christmas season and a Happy New Year!  ~Scarlett
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1 thought on “Merry Christmas, Saint Louis!

  1. Dear Scarlett – so lovely to see this .. I love the miniature illustrated book – and your art work “Shepherd Unafraid” – wonderful … big hugs and have a happy and peaceful Christmas – Hilary xoxox

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