Book of Books: The Authorized Version, 1611 to 2011
For four hundred years the ‘English Bible’ has been much loved and has helped to shape our Christian and literary heritage: this we know.
What has not been recognised so clearly is the way in which the English Bible has inspired artists and illustrators. The Puritans smashed up religious images during the English Civil War, but by the end of the 18th century, illustrated Bibles were leading to new commissions for artists such as Benjamin West. The 19th century gave us exciting new work by Turner, David Roberts, John Martin, William Dyce, the English Pre-Raphaelites, and Gustave Doré. Twentieth century illustrators of the Authorized Version built on a rich tradition of English art.
In this illustrated lecture, Professor Wheeler reviews the history of the Bible from Latin Christianity to the present, focusing particularly on the making of the King James Bible.