Donald Jackson,  The Baptism of Jesus,  2002. The Saint John's Bible, Collegeville, MN. 

Donald Jackson, The Baptism of Jesus, 2002. The Saint John's Bible, Collegeville, MN. 

Illuminating the Word

The Saint John's Bible

July 6, 2013 - October 20, 2013

The third exhibition in the MMAM’s 2013 Painting Series, and the partner exhibition to the Sacred Waters exhibition, reveals a different kind of painting – in medium, execution and purpose.

The Saint John’s Bible is a work of art and theology. A team of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales, and a team of scholars at St. John’s University in Central Minnesota have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement. (

The centerpiece of this exhibition is a set of original manuscripts created using an egg tempera painting technique, together with one volume of the high quality Heritage Edition of the project. These are partnered with quality reproductions highlighting biblical stories that relate to the spiritual aspects of water. This multi-faceted and ambitious project has travelled around the United States in many major museums and will be brought to MMAM audiences for the first time. A set of reproduction prints that further highlights this special opportunity is also on display at Winona’s Polish Museum.

Organized by the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota.


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