I promised I would post more often. I should also promise to start reading my fellow blogger's blogs again too...
Last weekend I was away on tour with my choir. We sang in Des Moines and Omaha, which, to be painfully blunt, were probably the least exciting most populous cities of any states I've ever visited - and I've been to 34 of the 50 so far.
Nevertheless, my friends and I managed to have fun. In Des Moines three of us walked nearly the entire length of downtown from our hotel to the capital building around 9-11pm on Friday night. We seriously were the only people out and walking around the city. The city was dead and we must have looked very sketchy.
In Omaha I decided to pay a visit to the Joslyn Art Museum. It wasn't that bad of a place -actually, neither was Omaha really, in fact it seemed like there was a fair amount of historical interest in the city, I just didn't have the transportation or time to see it all. Back to the art museum...There was an exhibit on the St. John's Bible - the first illuminated manuscript commissioned in over 500 years.
This Bible is being produced for St. John's in Collegeville. For those of you not familiar with the abbey or university let me present this quote from their page describing the purpose of the St John's Bible:
"Saint John's Abbey and University are dedicated to ecumenism. The text, translation and imagery in The Saint John's Bible reflect this commitment."
Naturally, the manuscript does all it can to reflect this philosophy.
As a medievalist in training I found the style of the art work disappointing, but the concept very intriguing when compared to the Medieval manuscripts.
Anyway, I am going to be rather obnoxious and leave you all hanging by not delving into my thoughts and theories because speaking of manuscripts, I should be writing a paper right now on the Morgan Beatus. However, I do strongly suggest you all take a look at the St. John's Bible for yourselves.
Let me know what you think.
In the meantime I'll consider the possibility of eventually doing a doctorate in manuscript studies....mmm codicology....