I have decided to do research on illustrations and interpretations of the Bible. Scripture perhaps is the most popular book in the Europe of all times, it was the first printed book in Europe s well. We have so many interpretations of this book and we still do not know whether it is true or not. But perhaps it’s upon us to choose. Anyway, from the very beginning, it was illustrated in many various ways – by hand, carvings, some photographers and artists chose this theme for their works, there has been many movies filmed and paintings painted and they all reflect something about mindset of people living in particular time. And here I have some examples of illustrations / interpretations of Bible which I considered to be the most interesting ones.
Though they are quite old-fashioned I think these are my favourite illustrations of Bible made by Paul Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883), French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor, who worked primarily with wood and steel engraving.
‘Adam and Eve Driven out of Eden’
‘Death of Abel’
‘The World Destroyed by Water’
Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834 - 1890) ‘Gethsemane’ (Altarpiece). Oil on canvas.
Elsie Anna Wood (1887 – 1978) Jesus blessing children
Clive Uptton (1911-2006) illustration for children’s Bible
Mel Gibson ‘The Passion of the Christ’ (2004) - controversial movie about last twelve hours before crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
And also there are a few shocking interpretations of the Scripture – I don’t know what to think about it, it is so unusual – Acion Bible launched in 2011 by David C. Cook, illustrated by Sergio Cariello, a new commix book.
And one more surprising publication of Scripture as a manga, illustrated by Japanese artists, but first published by non-profit organization ‘Next Manga’ in Japanese language, but translated to many other including English, Dutch, French, Chinese, Russian, Thai, Arabic ant other.
DELIVERY. All artists publish their work in various different platforms to create context for their work. The task for us is to choose one artist and look at his work. I chose this principle to have a look at different places, things, situations where photography is used, because sometimes you do not even notice it is there. Or just to remind myself that pictures not only hang on the wall.