Liber - meaning 'book' and also meaning 'free'. The painting contains a carved wooden hand of a gilded saint grasping his book. The Medieval jug from a Mediterranean shipwreck. It is filled with Summer flowers from the garden, Nasturtiums from my terrace.
In the Medieval garden cultivation of food was key. The luminous nasturtium flowers were one of the most popular flowers grown. The book "Hortulus Animae: Little Garden of the Soul" was an illustrated prayer book paying special attention to the enclosed monastic garden and herb garden and its importance to enrich and enlighten the soul.
55.5 w x 67 h cm (Framed size 71 w x 82 h cm)
Oil, raw pigment and gesso on board in antique frame.