We then got in on a second treat. The monks at this Abbey are the first group in five hundred years to do the Bible in calligraphy and illumination and we got a special viewing. Here is a site that will tell you more about it. It does a better job than I would!
We came in a little late and the attitude was one of reverence. Here is a picture of me looking at one the the pages. Kat, of course, took all the pictures.
The room was darkened, which really made all of the illuminated pages stand out. This was one of my favorite pages, "And The Word Became Flesh." It doesn't begin to capture the beauty of the work but you can get the idea.
This was another which is an abstract picture of the loaves and fishes. This picture, like many in this Bible, has "spider-web"shaped forms at the edges, which were influenced by pictures of nebulae.
I was surprised how modern the pictures were, but they used ancient methods of grinding minerals, including lapus lazuli, to make the pigments and used various methodolofy to gild the pictures in real gold.
Nice weekend. A wonderful group. Beautiful surroundings. A room on the lake. Great homemade food. Very hard beds. In that way, I would not make a happy monk. All else was terrific!