Floor 1—Overview: Entry Glass Vestibule
A freestanding art-glass window comprised of 16 panels 32 feet tall and 13 feet 5 inches wide, with panes four feet high and four feet wide, defines the entry vestibule to Museum of the Bible. Engraved on the front face of each of the art-glass panels is a translation of the 19th Psalm in 16 languages chosen by the museum's curators:
One of the oldest artifacts belonging to Museum of the Bible is a fragment of the Bodmer Papyri. This group of 22 papyri was found in 1952 in Egypt near the ancient headquarters of an order of monks. There are some 50 texts in all, suggesting they were part of the monks' library. They include religious texts as well as the Iliad by Homer and Greek comedies of Menander.
The fragment owned by Museum of the Bible is written in ancient Greek and contains the 19th Psalm from the Hebrew Bible. It begins with, "The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handy work…There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard." It ends with, "O LORD, my strength and my redeemer."
Development and Fabrication Process
The 19th Psalm has been re-created in the art glass by a combination of glass printing, overpainting and engraving. It was made at Mayer of Munich Glass Works, one of the most renowned art-glass manufacturers in the world.
About Museum of the Bible
Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. On Nov. 17, 2017, Museum of the Bible, which aims to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world, opened its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. A digital fly-through of the Museum is viewable here. A 360-degree hardhat tour of the museum is available here.
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