Adult coloring books were the fastest-growing book category last year, making up five of the top ten bestselling books in 2015. But of the hundreds of coloring books on the market, very few reflect Catholic themes. Daniel Mitsui's The Mysteries of the Rosary is the first adult coloring book to focus on the Rosary and draw inspiration from medieval illustrated manuscripts.
Just as repetition of the Hail Mary during the Rosary can create a contemplative awareness of its mysteries, careful attention to coloring these captivating illustrations can open your heart to a deeper awareness of the Rosary's truths. Like the medieval monks who understood their artistic decoration of the gospels as a form of prayer and praise, you'll find yourself caught up in meditative wonder as you prayerfully color Mitsui's images.
The artist specializes in hand-drawn ink illustrations on paper or vellum. Since his conversion to Catholicism in 2004, most of his pieces have focused on religious subjects. Mitsui decided to publish selections of his fine art as a coloring book because he believes that traditional Catholic art has the power to shape the imagination and heart of everyone who experiences it.
This unique coloring book contains thirty illustrations--fifteen full-page drawings of the mysteries of the Rosary, each one beautifully bordered by traditional images of animals and flowers; twelve vignettes featuring prophets, evangelists, and Fathers of the Church; and three larger drawings with the artist's commentary. It also contains descriptive copy written by the author for the three sets of Mysteries.
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