Saint John’s Bible

The Creation

The Saint John’s Bible is an amazing project commissioned by the monks of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.  It was the dream of Donald Jackson, calligraphy educator extraordinaire and calligrapher to the Queen of England, to write the Bible by hand and to illuminate it in the manner of the scribes of the middle ages.  Jackson convinced the monks to take on the $4.5 million project, which commenced in 2000.  The project was completed in 2011.

Donald Jackson and a team of calligraphers and illuminators used traditional methods ( hand carved quills, hand-ground antique inks, gold leaf, and vellum) combined with 21st century techniques (computer layout, fractals, satellite photography) to create a Bible for the 21st century.  The results are stunning.  Some of the original pages have been exhibited at museums around the country, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Giclees (high quality digital prints) are available of some of the images in the St. John’s Bible.  We have a large selection of their giclees and can get any other print you want.  We also carry books, DVD’s, and cards.

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