Ode to Love in Old World style, 1st Corinthians 13, 4-8

Once again, Ode to Love 🥰

~ in a version that most of all so far, resembles the Middle Ages ~ 

In archaic English, with lots of carefully chosen personalized details ~
let us begin 😊

This part of the text of the 13th chapter of the 1st epistle
St. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, 4-8 in Old English reads:


is patient,
is kind:
envieth not,
dealeth not perversely;
is not puffed up;
is not ambitious,
seeketh not her own,
is not provoked to anger,
thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity,
but rejoiceth with the truth;
Beareth all things,
believeth all things,
hopeth all things,
endureth all things.

Charity never falleth away.
Psalms 13:4-8″

Based on Their wishes, I put together two sketches, on which we worked out all the structural details.

When everything was agreed, I finally started The work.
I always start with calligraphy, in my opinion the most demanding part of the work, which must be perfect!

It turned out well – I have to admit that it wasn’t easy struggled to perfectly fit all the letters within the two narrow columns 😅

Letters You see are Roman Rustic Capitals (1st-5th century) and the most famous medieval Script ~ Textura Quadrata (12th-16th century). 

Mission accomplished😎

Now the ”fun” part can begin ~ which is ~ painting🖌💓 

These empty golden spaces You see, are waiting for ~ Flowers.
The Newlyweds said Their wishes, which we adjusted a little to match the Marriage symbolism and to fit into the design, as You will see next.

In my work, I use very small brushes whose tip is barely visible. For now, I still rely on my (so far) good eyesight and… God’s help 😇

The word Charity is written in a third script, the Lombardic Capitals (11th-16th century), which were used to write titles in the Middle Ages.

It’s progressing slowly, but surely.
There are many details, the meaning of which follows.

Ivy used to be in various colors - red, blue, gold, even green ~ I chose these combinations

In the upper part corners are two white doves – symbols of Love, Peace, Loyalty and Care.
One holds an Olive branch in his mouth, and the other holds palm branch, which symbolize Their inner Peace and Harmony, Faithfulness, Devotion and Religiousness.

In the middle is the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Christ’s Heart, which burns with Love for us, wrapped in thorns (added later) to remind us of His sacrifice.

Last came the Flowers:

Ivy – eternal Love and Fidelity
Orange blossom  – Generosity
Bleeding Heart – Charity
Snowdrop – Hope
Violet – Humility
Calla – Faithfulness
Pansy – Truthfulness
Lily –  Protection and Blessing of the Family
Zinnia – Constancy
Myrtle – Marital Love and Happiness

The idea was that each Flower represents one Virtue – They wanted 8 of them, but then, we decided to add two more (Lily and Mrtyle), for their symbolism and to make a perfect 10 🤗

It would be a shame for me to put so much effort to all these details without anyone knowing what it is all about.
Therefore, I gift all my clients with the corresponding explanation, on the back of the inscription.
However, this work is intended to be a “guest at the wedding”, that is, the central theme of Their Wedding!
It wouldn’t make sense to take the picture out of the frame to read what is written behind it, so I wrote all this information on additional paper.

Finally, everything is decorated with gold Winsor Newton ink, which emphasizes the details even more. Of course, it doesn’t show up very well in the photo, but trust me, when it’s lit by the Sun, it’s just stunning!

If You are still here reading this, then I thank You from the 💗 on Love and Support.

Until the next time, I am sending You
Love and Blessings
Yours, Darja

I invite you to watch the accompanying video, published on my social networks, where this whole story plays out with the melodious sounds of one of my favorite authors, inspiring
Ivan Torrent and His wonderful composition “Vis Motrix” from the album IMMORTALYS.

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