The Saint John's Bible in Context
September 07–November 26, 2006
MOBIA is proud to present a selection of folios from the Prophets books of The Saint John’s Bible, a contemporary illuminated Bible produced using age-old scribal and illumination techniques. The Saint John’s Bible was commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota and is being produced in Wales under the direction of Donald Jackson. To help viewers understand the tradition of bible-making that inspired the Saint John’s project, the exhibition will also feature embellished books and individual leaves from the collections of the American Bible Society and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
More than 50 embellished books and individual leaves will be on view, tracing more than 1000 years of sacred scripture production. Examples of lavish medieval bibles embellished with gold and precious pigments will introduce visitors to the tradition of book illumination in Europe. The continued production of luxurious copies of this sacred text even after the mass-production made possible by the printing press will be exemplified by a selection of important printed Renaissance, Baroque and modern bibles.
Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 408-1500