An Insight into Beauty: The Saint John’s Bible


One Off Event
Tuesday 10th March
9.30am - 11.30am
Dr Angela McCarthy
Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre)

The Saint John’s Bible features 160 major original artworks, created over 13 years by a team of 30 artisans. Originally commissioned by the Benedictine Monks, the Bible is part of the “Saint John’s Bible Project” that began in 1998. The volumes were created by an international team of 30 calligraphers and artists over a 13-year period. Limited to 299 sets of 7 volumes, each volume represents a portion of text and illustrations from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. The Bible explores the life of Jesus Christ and the early journeys of the Church in stunning detail. Striking features include the scattered use of gold leaf which represents the ‘divine’, while the use of silver/platinum reflects the principle of wisdom and detailed iconography symbolises God’s omnipresence.

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