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St. John’s Bible at the Walter’s art Museum

April 6, 2009

Today I saw a truly astounding exhibition at the Walter’s Art Museum in Baltimore, close to where I live, which depicted a new illuminated rendition of the celebrated text of the St. John’s Bible.

As the Baltimore Sun noted

At a time when books can be written and distributed to millions by high-speed computer, there is no earthly reason why anyone would need to spend $5.5 million to create an illuminated manuscript of the Catholic Bible, featuring calligraphy applied by hand on calfskin parchment and other bookmaking methods dating back to the Middle Ages.

As a complete atheist I was pleasantly surprise how the stunning images and hand lettered large print seamelssly blend into an impressive whole that almost leaps out of the page. It has been a long time since I saw anythingnearly as impressive as this.

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