Illuminating work

Published June 1, 2006

Donald Jackson, one of the foremost Western calligraphers, is producing a complete handwritten, illuminated Bible for the first time since the invention of the printing press in Europe in the 15th century.  Mr. Jackson is five years through the seven-year $3.4 million US ($3.8 million Cdn) project commissioned by the Benedictine Saint John’s Abbey and the Saint John’s University in Minnesota.  From his scriptorium in Wales, Mr. Jackson oversees scribes, artists, and craftsmen who work with him on the handwriting and illumination of the seven-volume, 1,150-page Bible. The hand-drawn illuminations depict Scripture from ancient and modern perspectives, including concepts of science, space and technology.


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