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Afternoon Delight: Illustrating the Bible
by Stephen Becker 17 Feb 2011

You may have heard about an exhibition of illuminated manuscripts at SMU’s Meadows Museum. But do you know about the Dallas artist who has been illustrating his own bible for the past 23 years?


Afternoon Delight is a daily diversion for when you’re just back from lunch, but not quite ready to get back to work. Check back tomorrow at 1 p.m. for another one.

Last week, I checked in on the illuminated books on display in “The Lost Manuscripts from the Sistine Chapel: An Epic Journey From Rome to Toledo” at the Meadows Museum for a KERA radio story. After the story aired, I got an e-mail from James Pepper, a Dallas resident who knows a thing or two about illustrated manuscripts – for the past 23 years, he’s been steadily working on his own illuminated manuscript of the bible. He took up the project after his eyesight was restored after having tunnel vision.  In the above video, the American Bible Society takes a look at James’ art. You can learn more about James’ work on his website.

And for a quick look at the Meadows exhibition, check out this video tour made by SMU: