Sunday, December 2, 2007

A Fort Worth Exclusive: Picturing the Bible

Anyone interested in history, art or religion should take the time to visit the Kimbell Art Museum in the next few months. We are privileged to have a collection of artistic treasures, including the Statuette of the Good Shepherd, a 3rd century marble piece, and a beautiful, jewel-encrusted gold cross presented by the emperor Justinian to Pope John III, circa 590 AD. I especially liked the Sarcophogus with the Traditio Legis, a 3rd century carved marble sarcophogus.

Two descriptions from the Kimbell website:
" A spectacular display of many of the greatest treasures of early Christianity from around the world, Picturing the Bible includes major loans from the Vatican, the Bargello and the Laurentian Library in Florence, the British Museum, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and a number of other international institutions. A landmark event both for scholarship on the Early Christian era and for the broader appreciation of this crucial period in world history..."

"Picturing the Bible brings together a wide range of material in an attempt to help clarify the questions of how Christians in the Greco-Roman period illustrated their religious beliefs, including frescoes, marble sculpture and sarcophagi, silver vessels and reliquaries, carved ivories, engraved gold glass, bronze sculpture, seals in semiprecious stones, illustrated Bibles, and decorated crosses. "
Fort Worth is the only host of this collection, thanks to the folks at the Kimbell. Congratulations.

Place: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Cost: Peak times $14 / off peak $7
Dates: November 18, 2007 -- March 30, 2008

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