The F.H. Green Library exhibit, Global Religious Diversity, supports the WCU IFest 2015 and coincides with Pope Francis's visit to the United States and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The library's display features rarely-seen items from Special Collections including George Morris Philips's personal Bible used to perform convocations at West Chester Normal School beginning in the 1890s. Items highlight an array of diverse library resources as well as faiths from around the globe. The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor main entrance of the library.
For more related exhibits honoring this event in Philadelphia see:
Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art @ the Franklin Institute – (www.vaticansplendors.com) Vatican Splendors is organized in conjunction with the Congregazione per l’Evangelizzazione dei popoli of the Vatican City State. Many items have never before been on public view. From culture to history to art, explore how the Papacy has impacted-and been impacted by-the world throughout the centuries. The collection is composed of renaissance art along with work from the baroque period. The 11 galleries walk you through the history of Christianity focusing on the Catholic Church and the amazing religious art that came out of Rome. An impressive focus in the exhibition is on the Basilica of which Michelangelo and Bernini were key contributors. Objects dating back to the first century. From the venerated relics (bone fragments) of Saint Peter and Saint Paul to personal items of Saint John Paul II, this exhibit comprises one of the largest Vatican collections ever to tour North America.
Exhibition designers want visitors to feel transported to the Vatican, from the underground catacombs where the remains of Saint Peter were discovered to the magnificent papal chambers found above ground. From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of John Paul II’s hand, the exhibition is a multi-sensory experience. From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of Saint John Paul II’s hand, embark on a journey through the ages of artistic expression and religious iconography.
The Clergy and the Academy’s Collections @ Academy of Natural Science - (http://www.ansp.org/visit/exhibits/clergy-and-collections)
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the nation’s oldest natural history museum, is deeply rooted in religious activity, dedication, and belief. From its founding in 1812, the Academy has been enriched by the work of members of the clergy active in the Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Quaker, Jewish and Moravian communities. Just as St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals and ecology, the Academy advances these same principles through research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental sciences. This special exhibit showcases the plant and animal specimens, objects, books, and archival materials that are the fruit of these “clergy naturalists" so closely intertwined with the Academy's history.
Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World @ Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology - (http://www.penn.museum/exhibitions/special-exhibitions/sacred-writings-extraordinary-texts-of-the-biblical-world) A centerpiece exhibition, Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World, highlights the many ways the Bible—and stories akin to those in the Bible—have been represented over time and across continents including:
- Fragment of the gospel of Saint Matthew, written on papyrus and dating to the 3rd century CE. This fragment, written in ancient Greek, contains the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew (Ch 1. Verses 1-9, 12, 14-20), which begins with the lineage of Jesus, then describes how Mary became with child by the Holy Spirit.
- An ancient clay tablet in Sumerian cuneiform from the site of Nippur in Mesopotamia (now in Iraq), ca. 1650 BCE, contains the earliest version of the Mesopotamian flood story and closely parallels the biblical story of Noah.
- Two folios from a richly decorated, illuminated Qur'an from Iran by its scribe in Hamadan in 1164. The copy is written with black ink in cursive Naskh. The exhibited pages feature the Surah Nuh (Noah), with a mention of the Flood and Noah's role.
Treasures from the Penn Libraries' Collections:
- First authorized Roman Catholic translation of the New Testament Bible into English, printed at Reims, France, through the efforts of English Catholic exiles, in 1582.
- First complete Bible printed in the New World, a translation of the Bible into the Native American Massachusett language, by Puritan missionary John Eliot, in 1663.
- A polyglot New Testament Bible compiled by German scholar Elias Hutter with side by side text in twelve languages—Syriac, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, German, Czech, Italian, Spanish, French, English, Danish, and Polish—printed in Nuremberg in 1599.
- A late 15th century Italian illustrated manuscript copy of Werner Rolevinck's history of the world detailing events from the creation to the election of Pope Sixtus IV.
- An early 16th century Rabbinic Bible from the famed Hebrew printing house of Daniel Bomberg in Venice, Italy.
- A limited edition contemporary Bible from the Pennyroyal Caxton Press, 1999, designed and illustrated by Barry Moser.
Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug World @ Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology (http://www.penn.museum/exhibitions/special-exhibitions/sacred-spaces)
Features 26 works by innovative, acclaimed Turkish photographer Ahmet Ertug. Exceptionally large-scale prints capture the grandeur of the ancient Byzantine churches, all designated UNESCO World Heritage sites, in crisp, bright, detailed photographs. A digital-screen slide show of exterior images of the churches, and an interactive kiosk where visitors can explore the rich iconography depicted in Ertug's photographs, enhance the exhibition. The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of Turkey—is the focus of this expanded, large-scale photography two-part exhibition.
In Vaults of Heaven: Visions of Byzantium, Ertug documents the interiors of three churches—the Karankik Kilise (Dark Church), the New Church of Tokali (Buckle Church), and the Meryem Ana Kilisesi (Church of the Mother of God)—all more than 900 years old. The photographs include close-up views of elaborate wall paintings depicting classic Christian scenes from the life of Christ and images of saints. Also included are images revealing the dramatic interior architecture of these churches, places that have inspired, and continue to inspire, generations of worshippers and admirers.
Heaven on Earth: Churches of Constantinople moves viewers from countryside to the heart of ancient Byzantine power. The exhibition features glorious photographs of the interiors of the most famous churches in Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey): the grand, legendary Hagia Sophia and the smaller Church of Christ at the Chora Monastery.
Ending October 4 – Marc Chagall and the Bible @ Glencairn Museum – (http://www.glencairnmuseum.org/current-exhibit/2015/4/25/marc-chagall-and-the-bible.html)
Marc Chagall (1887–1985) has been called the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century, and one of the foremost visual interpreters of the Bible. Chagall said, “Since my early youth I have been fascinated by the Bible. It has always seemed to me and it seems to me still that it is the greatest source of poetry of all time. Since then I have sought this reflection in life and in art. The Bible is like an echo of nature and this secret I have tried to transmit.”
Marc Chagall and the Bible includes etchings and lithographs of Chagall’s graphic works and historical posters. Etchings from his 1960 Bible series bring together the artist’s spirituality and childhood fantasy through the sophisticated artistry of a master printmaker. Also featured in this exhibition are brilliantly colored images from his 1956 and 1960 suites of Bible lithographs.