Phoenix Art Museum presents three important exhibitions devoted to the book arts, all focusing on handmade Bibles from throughout history - Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible showcasing the monumental manuscript being crafted right now, The Early History of the Bible from the world-class collection of sacred manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and Selections from the James Melikian Collection here in Phoenix.
They bring together the old and the new: illustrated hand-written manuscripts produced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance - from an 8th century Egyptian fragment to a 17th century Torah scroll - and the only handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago, combining a centuries old tradition of craftsmanship with modern imagery and technology.
"Great art thrives from true inspiration — no matter the origin.
And this exhibition illustrates inspiration beautifully"
Phoenix New Times
Left: To the Ends of the Earth (detail) Donald Jackson, with Andrew Jamieson and Sally Mae Joseph, c.2002. Natural hand-ground ink on calfskin vellum. Image copyright 2002 The Saint John's Bible and Saint John's University. Center: Digital Voice Print - Detail from Psalm(detail) Donald Jackson, c.2004. Image copyright 2004 The Saint John's Bible and Saint John's University Right: The Sower and the Seed (detail) Aidan Hart, with Donald Jackson and Sally Mae Joseph, c.2002. Natural hand-ground ink on calfskin vellum. Image copyright 2002 The Saint John's Bible and Saint John's University.
This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible is organized and circulated by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Saint John's University. The exhibition's local and national tour is presented by Target. The Early History of the Bible is organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Selections from the James Melikian Collection is organized by Phoenix Art Museum.
Major support for Phoenix Art Museum's presentation of these exhibitions is provided by Meridian Banks and Marquette Asset Management, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, EG and Carol Barmore, Sharron and Delbert Lewis, Matthew and Marysia Gerson, and The Virginia G. Piper Exhibition Endowment. Promotional support is provided by The Arizona Republic, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Scottsdale Public Libraries and Westcor Shopping Centers.