- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Crossway; Slp edition (January 14, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433521946
- ISBN-13: 978-1433521942
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 11.2 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Four Holy Gospels, ESV Bible (Slipcase) Slp Edition
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March 11: I've updated my review because Mr. Fujimura and the publisher have bent over backwards to make sure I received a perfect copy of the book. They've gone way above and beyond the usual idea of customer service. I am amazed at their kindness and generosity, and I totally wouldn't hesitate to buy additional copies of The Four Holy Gospels for gifts.
Makoto Fujimura is an avant garde artist living at Ground Zero in New York. He contends daily with Kairos-Chronos tension, employing ancient Nihonga painting techniques to speak with a thoroughly modern voice. His passionate, complex, exhilarating works captivate both mind and soul. He has, very possibly, created the illuminated masterwork of our time.
You know you possess a work of extraordinary loveliness when you slide the clothbound book out of its elegant slipcover. The frontispieces are glorious. Charis-Kairos focuses on the Tears of Christ "tears for the atrocities of the past century and for our present darkness." Each of the others is inspired by themes within the gospel. Read Mako's own introductions at [...]
Eighty-nine illuminated capitals begin the chapters. And each page contains gorgeous embellishments that illuminate the passage. As I read through The Four Holy Gospels, it is these that wreck me.
Some are representational and rather obvious: a fish, a serpent, a cluster of grapes. But most are subtle and leave space for you to bring your own creativity...your own story...to the page...
A splash of Nard as a woman pours herself out...
Brooding clouds...tinged with blood...over Gethsemane.
Intimations of water beside a storm tossed boat...or a baptism.
A sapphire sky flecked with gold, but with edges of a troubling gray, over Bethlehem.
Parables of the Kingdom laid against great swaths of gold.
The Passion, devastatingly conveyed with drops and smears of blood.
And finally, a tree of life...redeeming, restoring...making all things new.Read more ›
But enough about us.
This post is to let you know that Mako has recently partnered with Crossway to create a an illuminated harmony of the Gospels to celebrate the KJV's 400th anniversary. It is easy to imagine how lovely the book would be, based on the reproductions of his paintings in our Square Halo titles, but to see it in your hands is breath taking. It is like holding a new Book of Kells. It is a joy to page through and discover the decorated caps at the beginning of chapters, the marginalia gracefully littering the pages, and of course, the full paintings. My favorite of the larger works was the piece that begins the gospel according to John called "In the Beginning."
Mako's art is what I'd call semi-abstract because he often brings in visual elements that the viewer recognizes--like a tree, or a fish, or a flower, etc. This made it especially delightful to page through The Four Holy Gospels (Cloth over Board). The marginalia is a combination of representational and abstract paintings.Read more ›
Fujimura has given major exhibits and received significant grants. But he is not a "religious" painter who depicts biblical scenes or characters. Neither is his public predominately Christian. He has carved out a reputation by the uniqueness and skill of his artistic vision, one that fascinates many. While he is a Christian, Fujimura does not draw his inspiration so much from classic Western realistic painters as from twentieth century abstract (or nonrepresentatinal) art and from artistic sensibilities and techniques from his native Japan. These involve novel application devices and pulverized metal. His works often radiate an incandescence rooted primarily in color and materials--not in perspective or direct representation. These paintings can be quite mesmerizing on paper (I have yet to see one in person). Fujimura does have themes in mind for each painting (however arcane these may be to some observers). He has written on his philosophy and practice of art in a book called Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture (NavPress, 2009), on his blog, and elsewhere. More of his paintings can be found in Soliloquies (2009), along with those of Georges Rouault.
Now Fujimura has illustrated the Four Gospels, which uses the English Standard Version. In so doing, the book continues the ancient Christian tradition of an illuminated manuscript.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely beautiful! I was introduced to Mako Fujimura's work when my husband was living/working in Yokohama, Japan for 2 years. Read morePublished 7 days ago by kstay
This gorgeous volume evokes reverence even as I pick up its heft and cradle it in my arms. Sliding the book out of its case, then touching the gorgeous cover and opening to the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cindy Rinaman Marsch
I bought this for my son as a gift as Makoto Fujimora is his favorite artist. The book is beautiful. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kristen Sigourney
I have been a fan of Fujimura's work since I read of him in World in 2005. I love his work, I was anxious to get a copy of this Bible.
It is oversized and beautiful. Read more
A great artist, perhaps the greatest of his generation in his genre. The production of this copy of the Gospels was clearly a labor of love & passion. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christian F
Wow. Creative, gorgeous, fitting tribute to the miraculous contents. Highly recommend.Published 16 months ago by J.T. Pappas
Beautiful. The art is incredibly evocative, my husband and I bought this for our wedding and it's so beautiful we keep it out as a piece of art.Published 18 months ago by booksandcleverness
I got this for my wife, and she absolutely loved it. The joining of art with the Biblical text makes for a very rich scriptural experience.Published 20 months ago by David R. Keller
I first came across Makoto Fujimura a couple years ago, and I instantly fell in love with his work, and respected who he appears to be. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Galina Hitching