June 2– August 25, 2023
Commissioned by St. John’s University
About the exhibit:
This large collection of prints from the Saint John’s Bible is a monumental work of art and a work of theology commissioned by St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. This handwritten illuminated Bible was created by a team of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in Central Minnesota. It combines ancient calligraphy and illumination techniques with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement.
Learn more at https://saintjohnsbible.org
About the art:
The St. John’s Bible is a unique and stunning work of art that represents a modern-day masterpiece of the ancient art of illuminated manuscripts. Commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, this Bible is a collaborative effort of calligraphers, theologians, artists, and craftspeople from around the world. It was created using traditional techniques and materials, including vellum, gold leaf, and natural pigments, but with a contemporary approach and a fresh interpretation of the biblical text.
The result is a stunningly beautiful and visually striking Bible that reflects the diversity and richness of contemporary culture and the timeless wisdom of the Bible. With its intricate details and vibrant colors, the St. John’s Bible has captured the attention of art lovers and Bible enthusiasts alike and has become a treasured work of art and a testament to the enduring power of the Bible as a source of inspiration and spiritual guidance.