Knights of Columbus Museum website:
Opening on June 2 and continuing through October 2014 at the Knights of Columbus Museum, Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible showcases the first handwritten and hand-illustrated Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years.
Illuminating the Word presents 68 original pages from all
seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible along with tools, sketches,
materials and rare books.
Beginning in 1996, the community of Saint John’s Abbey and
University started planning and working on The Saint John’s Bible. The
work of creating the Bible was directed by a committee of theologians,
artists and scholars known as the Committee on Illumination and Text.
The actual pages were created by a team of 23 professional scribes,
artists and assistants in a scriptorium in Wales, under the artistic
direction of renowned Western calligrapher Donald Jackson.
This unique undertaking combines a centuries-old tradition of
craftsmanship with the latest capabilities of computer technology and
electronic communication. The words are handwritten on vellum (calfskin)
using hand-cut quills fashioned from turkey, swan or goose feathers,
and ancient inks hand-ground from natural minerals and stones such as
lapis lazuli, malachite and vermillion. The pages are illuminated with
the brilliance of 24-karat gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. The
complete work includes 1,127 handwritten pages and more than 160 major
This exhibition is made possible through the collaborative efforts
with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s
Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn.
You can view a virtual tour at http://www.kofcmuseum.org/km/en/virtualtour/tour-saintjohnbible/index.html