• King James Bible
    Title Page

  • New Testament. Wyclif
    Manuscript on vellum, ca. 1440
    57 B3
    7 1/2 X 5 3/4 X 2 inches

  • Pentateuch
    Antwerp: Johannes Hoochstraten], 1530
    57 E1
    6 3/8 X 4 1/8 X 1 inches

  • Richard Bancroft
    by George Vertue
    engraving, published 1745
    © National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG D18796

  • Daniel Mytens
    King James I of England and VI of Scotland
    oil on canvas, 1621
    58 1/2 in. x 39 5/8 in. (1486 mm x 1006 mm)
    © National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 109

  • New Testament
    Edinburgh: King’s Printer (R. Young), 1633
    24mo. Bound with Metrical Psalms, London: Stationers. 1635
    57 E1 Display closed

  • Makoto Fujimara
    Matthew - Consider the Lilies
    Mineral Pigments, Gold, Platinum and Sumi on Kumohada
    48 x 60 inches

  • Makoto Fujimara
    Illuminated Letter “T” from the Book of Matthew

  • Makoto Fujimara
    Charis-Kairos (The Tears of Christ)
    Mineral Pigments, Gold on Belgium Linen
    80” x 64”

  • Image of Exhibition
    On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400

  • Image of Exhibition
    On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400

  • Image of Exhibition
    On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400

On Eagles’ Wings

The King James Bible Turns 400

July 08–October 16, 2011

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of one of the greatest books in the English language, MOBIA is organizing On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400. The exhibition will explore the historic context in which the King James Bible was translated and published beginning with an examination of its predecessors, most notably the Bishop’s Bible sponsored by Queen Elizabeth I in 1568 and singled out as the model to which the translators commissioned by King James were to follow as closely as possible. The exhibition will present the touchstones of the translation process examining how this work was and continues to be inspirational for various audiences over time.

The exhibition will also feature the series of paintings commissioned from Makoto Fujimura, a contemporary artist working in New York City. Fujimura was commissioned by Crossway Publishers to design and illustrate an English Standard Version of the Bible in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. He created five large works and a series of small paintings for each Gospels’ chapters. The frontispiece, entitled Charis-Kairos (The Tears of Christ), sets the tenor for the artist’s spiritual exercise. Fujimura writes:

“I painted the five large-scale images that illuminate this volume, The Four Holy Gospels, using water-based Nihonga materials (Japanese style painting), with my focus on the tears of Christ (John 11) - tears shed for the atrocities of the past century and for our present darkness.”

Fujimura considered Gospel book, chapter and verse in preparation for each composition. Process and work underscore the relevance of the King James Bible in today’s culture and demonstrate the very vibrant continuum of biblical art.

A beautiful catalog was created to accompany the exhibition. Please visit our Bookstore to purchase a copy.

Listen to NPR’s Leonard Lopate interview MOBIA curators about On Eagles’ Wings, Oct. 7, 2011:

Major support for MOBIA’s exhibitions and programs has been provided by the American Bible Society and by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson.  This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York’s 62 counties.