Reformation Exhibit Features Biblical Text and Art

Reformation Exhibit Features Biblical Text and Art

April 8, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA near Atlanta is hosting a new exhibit, Sola Scriptura: Biblical Text and Art Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, through May 5, 2017. The exhibit includes more than 30 works and offers a visual testimony of how the Scriptures have compelled artists who cherish the Bible to incorporate its text into their art.

The exhibition’s first segment, Translating the Bible, includes portrait engravings of Martin Luther, an 1883 poster commemorating the 400th anniversary of his birth, as well as a 1875 Martin Luther German Bible with illustrations by Gustave Doré and a single 1541 leaf from the an early edition of Luther’s Bible, and more.

The second section, Illuminating the Bible, explores the many diverse ways scribes and calligraphers have illuminated the biblical text with imagination and devotion. In addition to early manuscripts including a 13th century illuminated manuscript from France of I Corinthians 6 and a 15th century illuminated pages from the Vulgate, several recent calligraphic creations, such as The Holy Bible illuminated by Timothy Botts, two Ethiopian prayer books and a contemporary Celtic illumination are included.

Picturing the Bible, the exhibit’s final section, features more than fifteen artists who use the Biblical text as an integral part of their creations. These evidence the power of the Bible, compelling artists to embed its very words in their art. Some of those in the show include William Blake’s Vision of Eliphaz, two pieces by Howard Finster, inscripted with his own personal version or paraphrase of the biblical text and an etching by Sue Coe relating to the Beatitudes. Martha Chatelain, Sandra Bowden and Guy Chase have created more dimensional works that reference The Book.

The exhibit is on display on the second floor of the Harrington Center on the seminary campus through May 5. It is open to the public during regular office hours (8:30 – 4:30 PM, Monday –Friday). Arrangements to view the exhibit at other times may be made by contacting The Center for Lifelong Learning at 404-687-4577 or

For more information, please contact:

Corie Cox
Media and Marketing Coordinator
The Center for Lifelong Learning

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