Sacred Words: The Saint John’s Bible & The Art of Illumination

Photo courtesy OKC MOA.
Photo courtesy OKC MOA.

OKC MOA – Through Jan. 8

The first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era will be on view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art this fall. Sacred Words: The Saint John’s Bible and the Art of Illumination opened October 15 at OKCMOA and includes seventy selected folios from The Saint John’s Bible as well as other historical illuminated manuscripts, such as a Book of Hours, Quran pages and Torah scrolls. Sacred Words will include a selection of original, unbound illuminated manuscript folios on calfskin vellum from The Saint John’s Bible, as well as sketches, drawings, inks and tools used to create the manuscript. For more information, visit


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