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Overview For those who have never witnessed elegant script or goldleaf on pages of vellum, this volume offers a glimpse at the process of incorporating ancient art forms with modern techniques in a celebration of the traditional arts of bookmaking and modern science and sensibility.
Publishers Description A combination of ancient methods and materials with modern themes, images, and technology, has led to the creation of The Saint John's Bible, the first handwritten, illuminated Bible that a Benedictine Monastery has commissioned in 500 years. For those who have never witnessed elegant script or goldleaf on pages of vellum, Illuminating the Word: The Making of The Saint John's Bible offers a glimpse at the process of incorporating ancient art forms with modern techniques in a celebration of the traditional arts of bookmaking and modern science and sensibility. The Saint John's Bible reflects a commitment to and an appreciation of Scripture and is a work of art that illuminates the Word today. The Saint John's Bible's construction parallels that of its medieval predecessors, written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand-ground pigments, and gold leaf while incorporating modern themes, images, and technology of the 21st century. Illuminating the Word: The Making of The Saint John's Bible brings to life the processes that are used in creating this artistic and spiritual undertaking. Donald Jackson and members of the Scriptorium share their work, their struggles and their joy.
Citations And Professional Reviews Illuminating the Word: The Making of the Saint John's Bible (Saint Johns Bible) by Christopher Calderhead has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Commonweal - 01/13/2006 page 32
Reference and Research Bk News - 05/01/2007 page 23
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Studio: Liturgical Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.66" Width: 9.96" Height: 0.99" Weight: 3.21 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Liturgical Press
Series Saint Johns Bible
ISBN 0814690505 ISBN13 9780814690505
Availability 0 units.
More About Christopher Calderhead
Christopher Calderhead is an artist, writer, and Episcopal priest. He studied art history at Princeton and formal calligraphy at the Roehampton Institute in London. In 1998, he was elected to Fellowship in the English Society of Scribes and Illuminators and he has exhibited his work in England and in the United States. For the past few years, Christopher has been documenting the making of the "Saint John's Bible", the first major manuscript Bible to be produced since the invention of printing. This project will soon be published as a book-"The Making of the Saint John's Bible". He is also the associate art editor of "Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy". Christopher lives and works in New York City.
Christopher Calderhead currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Illuminating the Word: The Making of the Saint John's Bible?
Illuminating the Word Mar 8, 2007
Over the top writing! I thought "page turner" only referred to novels but Christopher Calderhead's style had me riveted for hours at a time, unable to put down the book. As a calligrapher the subject matter was near and dear to my heart and to hear the process described in words of the scribes themselves was moving. Calderhead's attention to detail, minute observations of the scribes at work and his skill as an interviewer make for an interesting and compelling read.
Surprisingly entertaining Jan 15, 2007
I bought this book expecting to find at least general interesting facts and maybe an inside look at the illustrations in case that I never get to see the real thing and was surprised by the well told and interesting story behind the project, the author creates an atmosphere of closeness and inside access to something very important and treasured.
The Making of the Saint John's Bible Aug 26, 2006
Elegant presentation. Beautifully printed book. Makes you want to run out ASAP to see the creation in the flesh!
Who, what, when, where why + how... Mar 11, 2006
This book covers all the 'W's and the 'H'. This is a remarkable book to The Saint John's bible series/collection. You learn all the behind the scenes events as Calderhead spends years interviewing the crew and the Bible's sponsors/investors. Hundreds of colored photographs accompany the book allowing you to get a better feel for the construction of the Bible and its illuminations. One of the best!