Time for a pause-and-refresh during this busy, busy season. Here are some eye-treats from contemporary artist books of “The Song of Songs”–that lyrical book of wisdom in the Bible that centers on love, ecstasy, and joy. These are now on display downstairs in the Yale Art Library.
Look at the beauty of the script and border illustrations…
…and the elegance of this script. It looks Arabic and comes from Jerusalem.
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.”
The bold, inky lines.
A linear style that adds up to a powerful woman.
…and here, too.
Simple, pleasing lines that are nonetheless fresh.
A more graphic approach.
Inspired by Goethe’s color theory with “The Song of Songs” text in German.
Your moment of joy and love.