Word and Image: The Saint John’s Bible
10/5/2019 - 1/19/2020

Word and Image: The Saint John's Bible features seventy-four folios from the first handwritten illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century. Although created using traditional manuscript materials, such as handmade inks and writing quills, ground pigments, gold leaf, and calfskin vellum, The Saint John's Bible incorporates a contemporary perspective to connect medieval craftsmanship with the twenty-first century. Imagery for the manuscript’s artwork was drawn from the ancient and modern worlds to inspire new readings and interpretations of the Biblical text. The inclusion of motifs from religious traditions beyond Christianity, including Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam, as well as Native American, Middle Eastern, and South Asian cultures, imbues The Saint John’s Bible with a multicultural resonance for people of all faith traditions and backgrounds.

What's pictured: Messianic Predictions, Thomas Ingmire, © 2005, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA.

Unbound folios from each of the seven completed volumes of The Saint John's Bible will be shown alongside preliminary sketches, drafts of the calligraphic script, and various tools and materials that will provide insight into how manuscripts are made. Examples of medieval illuminated manuscripts and texts from other faith traditions will also be on view, emphasizing the importance of books in shaping and representing the shared concerns of faith communities.

This exhibition will have a ticket fee. $10 general public adults; $5 college students with ID; free for Joslyn members and youth ages 17 and younger.

Exhibition-Related Events & Programs

Friday, October 4 @ 6 pm
Members Preview and Reception

Monday, October 7; noon–3 pm
Members Day

More details coming soon!