The Visual Word

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Moving on to the visual world of the 21stC

I am dying to move on to feature some of the sites which host the more contemporary visual, digitized expressions of the Christian story, but I feel that there are two collections from the past that just cannot be passed by. Both have in common the fact that they are in black and white.

The first site contains etchings by Rembrandt hosted by Connecticut College, a private liberal arts situated in New London, Connecticut. I love this collection of etchings. Rembrandt has this ability to capture very delicate emotions with the detailed strokes in his etchings.

URL of the Connecticut College Collection of Rembrandt etchings:

Interestingly, the Bijbils Museum in Amsterdam just completed hosting an exhibition entitled "Rembrandt and the Bible: The complete etchings" from September 15 - December 10, 2006

The information about Rembrandt's etchings is interesting and I have taken the liberty to reproduce that info here:
Rembrandt made more than 70 etchings of biblical stories and figures. For the first time all these works are to be shown in a single exhibition, offering a splendid overview of Rembrandt’s development as one of the world’s greatest graphic artists and insight into his unique way of depicting biblical stories. Besides the most famous pieces, very rare etchings will also be on display. Whether the works are new or familiar, visitors will be both surprised and moved by the quality, the variation in style and technique, the unique composition and the great emotional expressiveness of Rembrandt’s biblical etchings.

The second site I want to feature is a collection of woodcuts and metal engravings from 16th-19th century publications which are found in the digitized illustrations of the biblical text, church architecture, and portraits of religious leaders from the rare book collection at Pitts Theology Library.
A rendering of the Israelites camped in proper array around the tabernacle (Numbers 2)

To access the site, you will need to do go through an additional step which I will guide you through. The collection is part of the American Theological Library Association's Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative which has seen several theological libraries cooperating in the task of digitizing their image collections. What you need to do is to go to the the browse page of the CDRI. When you are there, scroll down to the bottom until you see "Woodcuts and metal engravings from 16th-19th century publications." Check the box there and then click on the "Submit" button somewhere in the left hand column of that page. There are 800 images in that collection and you will have to plough through that collection to see what is useful.


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