Engravings by Eric Gill from The Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ
This is one of the most beautiful books I own; it has been described as one of the most beautiful books ever produced. I have a fac simile, not the orignal, sadly (or I could sell it and make a mortgage payment!) although the fac simile is also very beautiful, and is one of 600 copies made.
Commissioned works got a copyright of 50 years after publication; in addition, engravings had copyright of 50 years after publication or after the death of the creator (it seems to depend on whether the UK copyright office considers the particular engravings to have been artistic or not) but in either case they’re now out of copyright.
Here we see a stylized “stable” with a star shining on Mary and the baby Jesus in her arms; Mary is presenting the baby boy to three men, each of whom raises one arm in salutation. One man holds a Rubik’s Cube, the second a bowl of incense, and the third a golden crown (or possibly a frightened porcupine). All the adults wear long robes; Mary is kneeling [...] [more...]
A decorative initial for the Adoration of the Magi. [more...]
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