About The Saint John’s Bible: Illuminating the Word Exhibition
Extended by Popular Demand!
Ending April 24, 2016
Extended Hours on Final Day, Sunday, April 24th
Open 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Biggs Museum of American Art is exceptionally proud to be a rare American host of Illuminating the Word, The Saint John’s Bible. This international exhibition features 70 pages of The Saint John’s Bible, the first monumental hand-illuminated bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in over 500 years. Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned the enormous art project of an entire hand-painted bible: every word, every illustration, every image, from one of the best-known contemporary scribes and illuminators in the world, Donald Jackson. The artist’s team worked for almost fifteen years to adorn each vellum page of The Saint John’s Bible in the manner that medieval monks created bibles before the invention of the printing press: quill and ink. These inspiring accomplishments will be accompanied by a display of tools, materials and artists’ drafts used in the Bible’s creation along with other examples of historical illuminated books and manuscripts from the collection of Saint John’s University and private collectors. The exhibition will be accompanied by several educational tours, lectures and artist workshops for all skill levels honoring the ancient traditions of book arts.
The Saint John’s Bible – It’s coming to the Biggs
This international exhibition features 70 pages, from all 7 books, of The Saint John’s Bible, the first monumental hand-illuminated bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in over 500 years.
The creation of The Saint John’s Bible
The art director, Donald Jackson, talks about the first completely handwritten Bible commissioned in 500 years.
General Admission: $10.00
Seniors (60+): $8.00
Children 12 & under, and students with ID: Free
Active military & family with ID: Free
Companions or care persons of people with disabilities are free
Tour rates and facilities rentals are available; please contact the museum for details.