This week, grasp a rare opportunity to see an old medieval text, right here in Nebraska! A contemporary masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship, The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century. Featuring 76 original pages from this unique Bible and a selection of rare books and texts from other religious traditions, Word and Image: The Saint John's Bible explores the relationship between faith, art, and the written word. Check it out at Joslyn Art Museum this Tuesday!
The Saint John’s Bible was commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, a community which has always fostered an appreciation for the living arts that is anchored in the past yet welcomes innovation. In that spirit, Saint John’s engaged celebrated calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a contemporary Bible that is at once old and new: a masterpiece of the ancient crafts of calligraphy and illumination that could only be made by artists of today.
Handwritten on calfskin vellum, using hand-cut quills, ancient inks, natural pigments, and 24-karat gold, silver, and platinum, but following a layout devised on a computer, this enormous undertaking combined centuries-old methods with new technologies. The Bible employs a modern English translation (the New Revised Standard Version), and its illuminations feature global contemporary imagery to inspire new readings of this sacred text. The incorporation of motifs from several religious traditions imbues The Saint John’s Bible with a multicultural resonance for all people.
In the Middle Ages, monumental Bibles were made for daily use in monastic communities and carefully preserved for future generations. The Saint John’s Bible continues that tradition. In 2006, Joslyn hosted Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible, an exhibition that included unbound folios from three volumes of the Bible. Production of The Saint John’s Bible was completed in 2011, and now, Joslyn Art Museum is pleased to share unbound folios from all seven volumes of the Old and New Testaments.
Return visitors who first encountered this magnificent Bible as a project still in the process of creation will now experience it as a cultural artifact. So, be sure to check out this limited engagement at Joslyn Art Museum on January 14th! The exhibit will be on display until January 19, 2020. All visitors, including members, must obtain a ticket for entrance to the exhibition.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102