Hand Illustrated St. John's Bible on Exhibit at Alvernia University


Alvernia University will offer a year-long exhibit of The Saint John’s Bible’s Heritage Edition in the Frank A. Franco Library Learning Center, beginning January 2014.

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in over 500 years. Its handwritten lettering and stunning artwork truly present the Word of God in an engaging and inspirational way. 

Visitors will be invited to page through two Heritage Edition volumes of a full-scale fine art reproduction of the original manuscript. These volumes, depicting Pentateuch and Gospels and Acts, are two feet tall and three feet wide. 

The full St. John's Bible, featuring 1,150 pages of hand-drawn illustrations, elegant scripture and gold leaf was completed in May 2011 after 12 years of work. Under the direction of chief calligrapher Donald Jackson, a team of scholars, theologians, artists and calligraphers from Minnesota and Wales worked together to complete the project. Scriptures were written using quills from goose or swan feathers and words were written on large sheets of prepared vellum, or calfskin, and paints were hand-ground from precious minerals or stones, such as gold, silver or malachite. Gold and silver leaf gild was used to illuminate or bring pages to light.

Photo: SJB

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