(Above) Creation, Donald Jackson, © 2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Lecture by Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John’s Bible, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota commissioned a work of art designed to illuminate the Word of God for a new millennium and to ignite the spiritual imagination of people throughout the world.
The Saint John’s Bible is the first hand-lettered, hand-illuminated Bible produced in more than 500 years. It was created under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world’s foremost calligraphers and the Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The Bible was completed in 2011, after more than 12 years of work by a team of scribes based in Wales and artists located around the world. Its permanent home is the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
The complete Saint John’s Bible consists of 1,165 pages in seven volumes and features 160 major illuminations in a wide range of artistic styles. It is monumental in size, with each volume measuring 18 x 27” and weighing approximately 15 lbs. It 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 (the New Revised Standard Version) as well as contemporary script and images that are relevant to today’s readers.
In order to share the beauty of The Saint John’s Bible with people around the world, a full-size, museum-quality fine art reproduction of the original has been created. Directed by Donald Jackson in order to assure faithfulness to the original in every detail, the “Heritage Edition” is an artistic masterpiece in its own right.
Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John’s Bible at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, will present on the sustainability of The Saint John's Bible at Mount Saint Mary College on April 4th at 7 p.m. in Kaplan Library Room 218. Through video, rich visual images, and dynamic reproductions, attendees will learn about the processes, tools, methods, and materials behind this inspirational undertaking. The Heritage Edition will be available at the lecture and guests will have the opportunity to turn the pages and see first-hand the splendor of this work.
This lecture is free and open to the public. It is suited to people of all ages and all faiths. For more information, please contact Derek Sanderson, Assistant Librarian for Instruction Services, at 845-569-3240.