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The Saint John's Bible: Virtual Tour

Copyright ©  Sermon on the Mount, Thomas Ingmire, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:1 – 7:24
Primary artist: Thomas Ingmire

There are two halves to this illumination: initially, the viewer’s eye is drawn to the gold lettering of the Beatitudes on the left, but closer inspection reveals the repeated and occasionally fractured word ‘blessed’ on the right. This right-hand panel has multicoloured and patterned letters which are scattered randomly, but come together to form the work that is at the heart of this illumination (Beatitudes, 2019). 

Artist Thomas Ingmire paid special attention to the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount illumination by presenting the words in such a way as to give them movement, as well as eye-catching colour. The words are afforded the capacity to become the art, but the text is kept intact, its meaning at the forefront (Beatitudes, 2019).



Beatitudes. (2019). Retrieved from

Sink, S. (2013). The art of The Saint Johns Bible: The complete readers guide. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.