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Re: [BKARTS] The illuminated Gospels are almost done


You are absolutely amazing, man! I wish I could just hold those in my hand and leaf through them. What a fantastic accomplishment.


> For the past 4 years I have been making by hand an  illuminated manuscript of
> the Gospels. I started the Bible back in 1987,  but after 9-11 when 4 of my
> friends died, I decided to make a great book, like  the Book of Kells,
> something that would knock your socks off!
>      To date I have 304 illuminated pages with a total  of 550 pages and most
> of the non illumianted pages are decorated and each  chapter contains a
> different historical manuscript style.  I do not use  computers, 
> this was done the
> old fashioned way, hence why it took 4 years. For  those of you who 
> are fans of
> the Saint John's bible they only have 26  illuminations in their 136 pages
> for their Gospels and Acts, 160 illuminations  in total for their entire Bible
> and they are not the first in 500 years, neither  am I.
>      Currently I am finishing off the last chapter of  the Gospel of Saint
> Luke, I just put a Ford GT on the Road to Emmaus. Drawing a  Pan Am 
> Clipper right
> now. I have a few verse initials to complete and I will be  done.
>      Whereas the Book of Kells and the Saint John's  Bible starts off each
> book with a full page carpet page, I decided to do that in  about half of the
> chapters of the Gospels.  The idea being that I have  already done 
> the one format
> Bible Book, I completed my New Testament in 1995 and  so I decided to mix it
> up a bit and to try to encompass the entire history of  manuscript
> illumination in this set of Gospels.  That is why I have 304  pages 
> of illuminations.
>      Luke is an insular Celtic manuscript like the Book  of Kells, while John
> is mostly French manuscript styles.  Matthew is a  collection of English
> styles and Mark gets into more modern work, including the  Art 
> Nouveaux movement,
> and the more modern scripts found in illuminated  manuscripts of bibles and
> prayer books made in the late 1800's and early 20th  century.  I jsut saw an
> exhibition of Miro's and Marc Chagall's  bibles.  Almost every chapter of Luke
> contains a full page carpet page in  the Celtic design.  The 
> illuminations are my
> own work, I am not copying  previous works. The art of manuscript
> illumination is continuous, the art  is not lost, people have been 
> making Bibles by hand
> almost 2000 years, despite  what that monastery says.
>      John Chapters 18 and 19 are an interlinear  Polyglot.  I translated the
> Complutensian Polyglot of Accala Spain made  between 1514 -1517 which contains
> the Greek and the Latin and then I placed the  texts interlinear with the
> English. I lined up the texts so that you can see how  the text was 
> translated.
> And in the course of researching all this I came  up with a concordance from
> the Greek and the Latin of Old Testament references  which are below the text.
>      Most of the verse initials of Luke are inhabited  initials, this
> encompasses hundreds of drawings.  The calligraphy styles  
> represent the entire
> history of manuscript illumination.  I made this by  studying the 
> manuscripts and
> learning how they made their letterforms. Each  chapter is written 
> in one script
> so I am interested in learning how to make  fonts out of these handwriting
> styles.  If anyone can give me advice on  that, that would be helpful!  There
> should be enough material in each  chapter to scan the ligatures and the
> combinations.  The scripts  span the entire history of the Bible 
> from ancient papyri
> to the Codex  Siniaticus, to the Lindisfarne Gospels, to the Bibles of
> Charlemagne, the Norman  bibles, the French scripts found in books 
> of hours, all the
> way up to the  Gutenberg typefaces, and the scripts of more modern
> manuscripts.  Its all  there, and I learned how to do it by myself.
>      I have scanned the manuscript and I got advice on  that from the Getty
> and the Met. The imaging of an illuminated manuscript is  tricky 
> because of the
> reflections.
>      The Bible was placed on display at the Biblical  Arts Museum in Dallas,
> Texas in March and April of this year.  Here are  news articles including a
> video from WFAA TV, I was their Easter Story.  It  shows me writing the text.
>      *   WFAA TV ran this Easter 2005 video showing me  writing the Bible at
> my Exhibition at the Center for Biblical Arts in  Dallas, the Biblical Arts
> Museum  in March and April 2005.
> _http://www.wfaa.com/perl/common/video/wmPlayer.pl?title=www.wfaa.com/pronk/050328_1200biblewriter_wz.wmv_
> (http://www.wfaa.com/perl/common/video/wmPlayer.pl?title=www.wfaa.com/pronk/050328_1200biblewriter
> _wz.wmv)
>      *   “An Epic Undertaking” The  Dallas Morning News, March 15, 2005.
> _http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/parkcities/stories/031605dnp
> arpepper.99f18.html_
> (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/parkcities/stories/031605dnparpepper.99f18.html)
>      *   “Hand Lettering of Bible proves illuminating”  The Dallas Morning
> News, March 14,  2001.  This article interviews the director of the 
> Saint John's
> Bible  project in 2001 comparing the Bibles.
> _http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/122904_religionlookback_illuminatedbible.59cd
> 1e6d.html_
> (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/122904_religionlookback_illuminatedbible.59cd1e6d.html)
>      *   “James Pepper: Still toiling, now with pope’s  blessing” Dallas
> Morning News December 31, 2004
> _http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/010105dnrel9.648a4cb3.html_
> (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/010105dnrel9.648a4cb3.html)
> These links can be found on my website which is  best found by doing a Google
> of “The Pepper Bible.”
> _http://www.hometown.aol.com/biblescribe1/biblescribe1/index.htm_ 
> (http://www.hometown.aol.com/biblescribe1/biblescribe1/index.htm)
>      I have blessings from the Pope John Paul II and the  Archbishop of York
> and the Archbishop of Canterbury sent a Bible to correct my  New Testament in
> 1997.
> Sincerely,
> James G. Pepper
> Antiquarius Domini
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