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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 http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/Products/Default.aspx?productId=116214
Sink, S. (2013). The art of The Saint John’s Bible: The complete reader’s guide. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.