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Since his teen years Jonathan has studied the art of book decoration from the time of the Romans through the Renaissance. His discoveries are incorporated in his hand-made serigraphs known as Manuscriptures [tm]. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist, and expertly matted and framed by Jonathan Rudenborg (the artist’s nephew).

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This photo shows Jonathan in France copying a decorated initial from a thousand-year-old manuscript of The City of God by St. Augustine. Most of the books originally created at Mount St. Michael are now housed in the Biblioteque Municipale D’Avranches overlooking the English Channel. To the right is the pencil sketch Jonathan made that day in 1993. These studies inspire all the original artwork for Manuscriptures. The influence of this Romanesque style can be seen in Jonathan’s rendering of Joshua 1:9 below, including the stylized lions.

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A multitude of other styles are evident in Jonathan’s work. Each of the examples below is related to a specific historical era from the Ancient Romans, through Celtic, Romanesque, Gothic, and on to the Renaissance. But all also bear the unmistakable stamp of Jonathan’s unique interpretation of each style.