Family Portraits

Family Portraits is made from the cover of a vintage leather bible, is designed to be viewed standing. It is 12.5″ x 9.5″ x 3.75″ with a spine the width of the metal closures.

Since the pages were designed to hold “Family Portraits”, I chose engravings picturing women of the bible by Gustave Dore. The text accompanying the images reads:
•Eve and Adam “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.” Genesis 3:20 •Delilah and Sampson “If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” Judges 16:17
•Judith “This is the head of Holofernes … The Lord has struck him down by the hand of a woman!” Judith 13:15
•Mary Magdalene “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much.” Luke 7:47
•The Virgins of Jabesh-Gilead The Benjamites found “four hundred young women who had never slept with a man, and they took them.” Judges 21:12

A vintage wood and metal box holds the book in a velvet cradle.