Quayle Bible Collection
Illuminating the Bible: Woodcuts and Engravings
On display September 2013 through July 2014
Since ancient times, book texts were made 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 wonderful and unique books. But with the advent of the printing press, illustrations could be mass produced along with texts using woodcuts and engravings. This exhibit includes primarily work from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries.
The themes of the exhibit include the Creation, the depiction of God, demons, plagues, miracles, the life of David, wicked women and maps.