“From Inspiration to Illumination: An Introduction to The Saint John's Bible”
Date: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. lecture, 8-9:30 p.m. gallery talk and reception
Location: Walter Theatre, Pennings Hall of Fine Arts, St. Norbert College
©Ten Commandments, Thomas Ingmire, 2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Used with permission.
Director, The Saint John's Bible
St. John's University
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, Saint John’s Abbey
and University in Collegeville, Minnesota commissioned a work of art that illuminates
the Word of God for a new millennium and designed to ignite the spiritual
imagination of believers throughout the world.
The Saint John’s Bible
is the first handwritten, monumental, illuminated Bible commissioned by a
Benedictine monastery in the modern era. It was created by scribes in a
Scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the
world’s foremost calligraphers and the Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords. The Bible was completed
in 2011, and its permanent home is the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at
Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
The Saint John’s Bible
incorporates many of the characteristics of its medieval predecessors: it was
written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand ground pigments
and gild such as gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. And yet, it employs
a modern English translation (NRSV) as well as contemporary scripts and
At this presentation by Tim Ternes, through video, projected imagery, dynamic reproductions and engaging
discussions you will have the opportunity to see, hear and learn more about
this inspirational undertaking. Guests will have the opportunity to turn the
pages on full-size, museum quality art reproductions of the original and see
first-hand the splendor of this work.
The Saint John’s
Bible reaffirms Saint John’s commitment to Scripture
and to the book arts. The Saint John’s Bible is a prophetic
witness to the Word of God in our day and beautiful and dignified expression of
the Benedictine vision: “That in all things God may be glorified.”
Following this presentation, you are invited to the Bush Art Center for a gallery talk and reception.
This event is co-sponsored by the Art Discipline, Mission & Ministry and the Center for Norbertine Studies. For more information, call 920-403-3919.