St. John’s Bible Exhibit at Northwestern’s DeWitt Library
September 4 @ 8:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm
A 10-panel exhibit of the Saint John’s Bible will be on display in Northwestern College’s DeWitt Library from September 4th through October 2nd. The Saint John’s Bible is the first commissioned handwritten, monumental, illuminated Bible produced in the modern era.
Completed in 2011 after 15 years of work and housed at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, 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.
The Saint John’s Bible is two feet tall and three feet wide and includes more than 1,100 pages organized in seven distinct volumes. The Bible was created by a group of 23 scribes, artists and assistants in a scriptorium in Wales.
The prints displayed in this exhibit showcase a sampling of the approximately 160 illuminations in the completed work. The exhibit includes prints representing creation, Adam and Eve, the Ten Commandments, Ezekiel’s vision of the new temple, the parable of the sower and the seed from Mark 4, the Beatitudes, and more.
The public is invited to view the display, free of charge, on the main level of DeWitt Library. Facility hours are 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday.