Illuminated manuscripts at Phoenix Art Museum

Lady Sigrid Finnsdottir reports that the Phoenix Art Museum will host three exhibits dealing with illuminated manuscripts from December 11, 2007 until March 9, 2008.

According to the website:

Phoenix Art Museum presents three important exhibitions devoted to the book arts, all focusing on handmade Bibles from throughout history – Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible showcasing the monumental manuscript being crafted right now, The Early History of the Bible from the world-class collection of sacred manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and Selections from the James Melikian Collection here in Phoenix. They bring together the old and the new: illustrated hand-written manuscripts produced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance - from an 8th century Egyptian fragment to a 17th century Torah scroll - and the only handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago, combining a centuries old tradition of craftsmanship with modern imagery and technology.