The Knights of Columbus Museum current feature exhibition, Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible, showcases the first handwritten and illuminated Bible in 500 years.
Illuminating the Word presents 68 original pages of The Saint John’s Bible along with tools, sketches, materials and rare books. The project was completed over a 15-year span by a team of 23 professional scribes, artists and assistants in a scriptorium in Wales, under the artistic direction of renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson.
It combines a centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship with the latest capabilities of computer technology and electronic communication. The words are handwritten on vellum (calfskin) using hand-cut quills fashioned from turkey, swan or goose feathers, and ancient inks hand-ground from natural minerals and stones such as lapis lazuli, malachite and vermillion. The pages are illuminated with the brilliance of 24-karat gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. The complete work includes 1,127 handwritten pages and more than 160 major artworks.