The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Time: 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: GRI Lecture Hall
Past Event

Ecclesiastes Frontispiece / Donald Jackson
During the Middle Ages, Bibles and other religious books not only played an important role in the devotional lives of the faithful, but with their precious materials and elaborate decoration, they also served as material testaments to the piety of their owners. This tradition of beautiful books playing a role in lives of the faithful continues today with the Saint John's Bible, a contemporary illuminated manuscript made under the direction of Donald Jackson. This course explores the history, significance, and making of illuminated Bibles and religious books. Course fee $30. Parking fee not included. Limited to 75 participants.


"The Saint John's Bible Story," Tim Ternes, director of the Saint John's Bible

"Igniting the Spiritual Imagination: A Monk's Perspective," Father Eric Hollas, Order of Saint Benedict

"Illuminated Religious Books in the Middle Ages," Elizabeth Morrison, curator, Department of Manuscripts, J. Paul Getty Museum

Break-Out Sessions

Calligraphy demonstration with Diane von Arx, scribe and artist of the Saint John's Bible

Guided tour of the exhibition The Art of Devotion in the Middle Ages

Viewing of the Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition

At 7:00 p.m. Donald Jackson gives a public presentation on the sources and inspiration behind the Saint John's Bible. Please make a reservation here: St. John's Bible

Complements the exhibition The Art of Devotion in the Middle Ages.

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.