The Word Come to Life: An Exhibition of The Saint John's Bible
The Saint John's Bible
October 5–October 26, 2022
ALLISON LIBRARY RECEPTION • OCT 5 | 1–2 PM
GALLERY OPENING • OCT 5 | 2–5 PM
This contemporary illuminated Bible was created by a group of 23 scribes, artists and assistants in a Scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords. The team worked in conjunction with a committee of theologians, scholars and artists from Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. After fifteen years of work, the pages were completed in 2011 and given a permanent home at Saint John’s Abbey and University. The Saint John’s Bible incorporates many of the characteristics of its medieval predecessors: it was written on vellum using quills, natural handmade inks, hand ground pigments and gild such as gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. Yet, it employs the modern, English translation the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) as well as contemporary scripts and Illuminations. The prints displayed in this gallery showcase a small sampling of the approximately 160 illuminations in the completed work.
Creation, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.