Drawn to the Word: The Bible and Graphic Design

Amanda Dillon


Series: Bible and Its ReceptionVolume: 4
Publisher: SBL PressPublication Date: 2021 ISBN: N/A


How artists portrayed the Bible in large canvas paintings is frequently the subject of scholarly exploration, yet the presentation of biblical texts in contemporary graphic designs has been largely ignored. In this book Amanda Dillon engages multimodal analysis, a method of semiotic discourse, to explore how visual composition, texture, color, directionality, framing, angle, representations, and interactions produce potential meanings for biblical graphic designs. Dillon focuses on the artworks of two American graphic designers—the woodcuts designed by Meinrad Craighead for the Roman Catholic Sunday Missal and Nicholas Markell’s illustrations for the worship books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America—to present the merits of multimodal analysis for biblical reception history.

Amanda Dillon is Assistant Lecturer at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. Her research and writing focus on biblical reception history with a particular emphasis on visual art and design. She is the author of “The Book of Kells and the Visual Identity of Ireland,” in Ireland and the Reception of the Bible: Social and Cultural Perspectives (2018), and “Be Your Own Scribe: Bible Journalling and the New Illuminators of the Densely-Printed Page,” in From Scrolls to Scrolling: Sacred Texts, Materiality, and Dynamic Media Cultures (2020).


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