NEWPORT, R.I. – David Allaway, director of the Heritage Program for The Saint John’s Bible, will give a public presentation about creating this once-in-a-millennium project on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel on Ochre Point Avenue.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in over 500 years. A once-in-a-millennium undertaking, the Bible’s handwritten lettering and stunning artworks present the Word of God in an engaging and inspirational way.
Allaway, the director of the Bible’s heritage program, will showcase some of the many artworks in this world-renowned project. Permanently housed on the campus of Saint John’s University, the Bible was produced by a team of artists coordinated by master calligrapher Donald Jackson. Their work combines the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality.
Handwritten and illuminated on calfskin vellum using quills, hand-ground pigments, natural inks and gold leaf gild, the process is ancient. The Bible contains more than 160 illuminations and countless text treatments and marginalia in seven distinct books: Pentateuch, Historical Books, Psalms, Wisdom Books, Prophets, Gospels and Acts, and Letters and Revelation.