After more than twelve years, the creation of "The Saint John's
Bible" has reached its remarkable conclusion. Renowned calligrapher
and illuminator Donald Jackson has collaborated with scribes,
artists, and theologians to hand- create, with stunning lettering
and exquisite illustrations, the entire Bible. The complete project
spans seven volumes in published form.
"Letters and Revelation" is the final volume of the entire
monumental project. It includes some of the most crucial works of
al the Christian Scriptures: epistles traditionally attributed
toPaul, John, Peter, James, and Jude, and the fascinating book of
Revelation. Donald Jackson's artistic Vision lends them a new life
and vibrancy for modern readers.
"Letters and Revelation" contains more than thirty illuminations
and special text treatments. Among the stunning illuminations: And
Every Tongue Should Confess(Philippians 2:5-11) includes the word
Lord" painted in gold in fourteen different languages: Armenian,
Chinese, Coptic, Greek, English, French, Ge'ez (Ethiopian), German,
Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and
VietnameseLetter to the Seven Churches with the Heavenly Choir
(Revelation 2:1-5:14), includes crosses representing several
different Christian traditions and the words "Holy, Holy, Holy"
written in Greek, Ge'ez (Ethiopian), and LatinThe Four Horsemen of
the Apocalypse (Revelation 6:1-8) depicts unsettling symbols of
power, greed, and exploitation-military tanks, oil rigs, and
Written and drawn entirely by hand using quills and paints
hand-ground from precious minerals and stones-such as lapis lazuli,
malachite, silver, and 24-karat gold- "The Saint John's Bible"
celebrates the tradition of medieval manuscripts while embracing
twenty-first-century technology to facilitate the design process
and collaboration between Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville,
Minnesota, and Donald Jackson's scriptorium in Wales.
"Donald Jackson is one of the world's leading calligraphers and
the artistic director and illuminator of "The Saint John's Bible."
He is a Senior Illuminator to the Queen of England's Crown Office.
He is an elected Fellow and past Chairman of the prestigious
Society of Scribes and Illuminators. His 30-year retrospective
exhibition, Painting with Words, premiered at The Minneapolis
Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in August 1988 and
traveled to thirteen museums and galleries. A new exhibition,
Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible, premiered a national
museum tour at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in April 2005.
Exhibitions of The Saint John's Bible continue in museums around
the United States and at Saint John's Abbey and University. ""
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