Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible
Jun 2, 2014 to Nov 2, 2014
10:00 am until 5:00 pm
This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).
This exhibition showcases a singular work of art: a handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s University and Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, to mark the dawn of the new millennium. This Bible is monumental in both size and scope: each of its nearly 1,150 pages, comprised in seven volumes, measures approximately 24 x 16 inches, and the project required 15 years and 23 professional artists and scribes to complete. The Saint John’s Bible is both traditional and contemporary as well: a masterpiece of the ancient crafts of calligraphy and illumination, using silver, gold and platinum leaf, while employing the latest design capabilities of electronic technology. It was completed under the direction of Donald Jackson, Senor Scribe to Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, in his Wales studio. In the Middle Ages, before the advent of the printing press, such Bibles were crafted by hand for daily use in monastic communities, with quality that would endure for generations. The Saint John’s Bible is a modern example of that great tradition, created with the hope and expectation that it will carry on in use for the duration of the millennium. The Knights of Columbus Museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
||Free admission & parking
Knights of Columbus Museum
1 State Street
New Haven, CT
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