Woodcuts, engravings exhibit to open at Quayle Bible Collection
Baldwin City, Kan. — A Quayle Bible Collection exhibit titled "Illuminating the Bible : Woodcuts and Engravings" will open at Saturday, Sept. 7 in the Helen Foresman Spencer wing of the Collins Library on the Baldwin City campus. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 2014. A reception for the event is planned for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19.
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 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.