Mike Aquilina

Fort Worthy of Attention

Monday November 19th 2007, 3:02 am

Fellow Penn Stater Walter Shandruk alerts us to a very promising exhibit at Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art, a landmark exhibition of the earliest works of art illustrating the Old and New Testaments … will be on view from November 18, 2007, to March 30, 2008. … This highly important exhibition draws upon recent research and new discoveries to tell the story of how the earliest Christians first gave visual expression to their religious beliefs.

Shandruk observes: “Among the pieces of art are some of the earliest Christian and ‘magical’ gems depicting the Crucifixion of Jesus, … for the first time brought together in a single exhibit.”

For those of us unlikely to make it to Fort Worth, here’s good news: an exhibit catalogue from Yale University Press — Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art — co-edited by Robin Margaret Jensen, whose other books I have praised fulsomely and often.