A Quayle Bible Collection exhibit titled “Illuminating the Bible: Woodcuts and Engravings” is now on view at Baker University.
The exhibit is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through July 2014 in the Helen Foresman Spencer wing of the Collins Library on the Baker campus, 618 Eighth St. in Baldwin City. A reception is planned for 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19.
Since ancient times, artists made book texts more vivid and engaging with miniature paintings, pen-and-ink drawings, gold leaf and even doodles. Handwriting and illustrating were time-consuming processes resulting in unique books. With the advent of the printing press, illustrations could be mass produced along with texts using woodcuts and engravings. Some of the finest artists of every era were engaged in book production. “Illuminating the Bible” shows how artists through the ages have interpreted and supplemented the biblical text.
The exhibit is organized by illustrations of the creation of the world, wicked women, miracles, plagues and maps. The Quayle collection’s Nuremberg Chronicle from 1493 will be turned to a page showing the creation of the world.
To arrange a tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-594-8414.