The Macklin Bible -- Nicodemus Came to Jesus by Night.
 Tresham, Henry, 1749?-1814 ;  Shipster, Robert

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Title:The Macklin Bible -- Nicodemus Came to Jesus by Night
Notes:The Macklin Bible is an enormous physical specimen of book art, comprising seven volumes two feet in height and over 130 pounds in weight. It is the apogee of the art of British copper-plate engraving, involving both painters and engravers. These renowned artists often selected scripture texts that featured women, who were the nurturers of religious education for the family in late 18th century England.

A gift to Vanderbilt University from John J. and Anne Czura.

The story of Nicodemus, in perhaps one of the most well-known passages from the New Testament (John 3), is one illustration in the Macklin Bible. Jesus is seated with three disciples to his left and John to his right. Nicodemus has approached Jesus and is listening to his dynamic speech with his left hand shielding his eyes in a posture of confusion. Jesus points his right hand to heaven as he explains both earthly and heavenly truths to people who lack understanding. The viewer’s attention is drawn to Christ’s face which glows with the divine light of wisdom.

Artist:Tresham, Henry, 1749?-1814 ; Shipster, Robert
Building:Jean and Alexander Heard Library
Country:United States

Scripture:John 3:1-17
Person as Subject:Nicodemus (Biblical figure)
Jesus Christ (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:ALent02
General Subject:Night

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Copyright Permission:Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0
Attribution:Tresham, Henry, 1749?-1814 ; Shipster, Robert. The Macklin Bible -- Nicodemus Came to Jesus by Night, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 14, 2024].
Record Number:54051 Last Updated: 2022-11-05 14:03:01 Record Created: 2008-08-16 10:14:46
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition