“Illuminating the Gospels with the Tears of Christ” with Makoto Fujimura

Friday, April 1, 2011 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
0016 Westbrook

World-renowned visual artist, writer, and speaker Makoto Fujimura will give a brown bag discussion and a public lecture at Duke Divinity School on the intersection of Christian faith and art. His lecture will focus on his recently finished Four Holy Gospels project – an illuminated manuscript commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

This English Standard Version of the Bible will comprise the four Gospels as designed and illustrated by Fujimura. It is the first such manuscript to feature abstract contemporary art. Fujimura created 89 original illuminated initial letters – one for each chapter of the Gospels – and added embellishments and design elements on each page in an attempt to depict “the greater reality that the Bible speaks of … for the pure sake of integrating faith and art in our current pluralistic, multicultural world.” 

The lecture is sponsored by the Duke Initiatives Theology and the Arts and made possible in part by a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts and the Office of the Provost at Duke University.