A Page from the Prayerbook of Marie de Medici – Ciaran ua Meic Thire

The piece done for this is a reproduction of Page 27 of the Prayerbook of Marie de Medici titled Garden of Gethsemane.

It was cut with a period reproduction of a 16th century pen knife on vellum.

The prayerbook of Marie de Medici was given to Marie de Medici while she was queen of France from 1600-1610.

The art itself is referred to as canivet, pergamano, or parchment craft and is from the 15th century, practiced in Western Europe (England, France, Spain).

For full documentation and more photos see: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F0-m9zUZTW1dUgQqB1u2luAHs9wtay-J/view?usp=sharing

32 thoughts on “A Page from the Prayerbook of Marie de Medici – Ciaran ua Meic Thire

  1. I would honestly be *thrilled* to get a lacey scroll like this some day. It’s so delicate and intricate. Keep up the good work Ciaran.

  2. I am inspired to base a period scroll on this beautiful paper cutting. Awesome work, and so detailed and precise.


  3. This came out beautifully! I love watching your skills grow and it will be so cool to someday see a bound book of your cutwork!

  4. I do so love this art and am grateful to know someone so keen on mastering it! This is a stunning piece and I thank you for sharing the results of your talents and the research you’ve put into it. I appreciate knowing the varied ways canivet was appreciated, books, fans, and more; your excitement is infectious! I hope you are encouraged to tackle the entire book!

  5. What exquisite work. I had no idea paper cutting was period.

  6. This is beautiful. I don’t know why, but I am particularly drawn to the little wheels and half wheels on the page. They are just so delicate and perfect.

  7. Fantastic work, and great documentation. I especially like the work you did on discovering what was the best method to make a template. I look forward to being able to see this in person, the detail you achieved on this is amazing. Well done brother !

  8. This is stunning. I appreciate your description about why you think the original was made by overlaying a template, too!

  9. Your work is simply mind boggling. The care and steady hand needed is an incredible skill I do not posses. Wonderful!

  10. I can’t get over the prettiness of this work. I appreciate the care you took and your efforts to develop an understanding for the knife work required. Beautiful.

  11. This is awesome. You took great consideration on the possible technics used in making this beautiful reproduction. Thank you.

  12. This is gorgeous! An entire book of pages like this would just be so stunning, I can’t even imagine having the nerve to handle it.

  13. I am delighted to learn about a “new” art form! Thank you so much for doing the research on this, and making this technique more widely known. Expanding our knowledge about the artistic possibilities is a valuable contribution indeed. Well done!

  14. You truly are sparking my imagination with your precise and delicate artistry. Well done!

  15. I am always astounded and awestruck by your work, but this… This is a whole new level!!! All of those itty bitty, teeny tiny, super precise cuts! WOW!!!
    Thank you, so much, for sharing your work!!

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