Friday, March 21, 2008
Golden Art For Good Friday
As part of the magnificent Giant (not Big, mind you, but Giant) Golden Book series, The Golden Bible: The New Testament was published in 1953. Beautifully illustrated by the great husband-and-wife team of Alice and Martin Provensen in a wonderfully stylized mid-century “modern” design that also evokes sacred iconic art and stained glass windows, The Golden Bible: The New Testament is quite simply a work of art. The Provensens illustrated many Golden Books (Martin was a former Disney artist, an elite member of Joe Grant’s Character Model Department), producing many brilliant illustrations, such as the one seen here from The Golden Bible: The New Testament. This beautiful adaptation of the Gospels and selected other New Testament writings justly won the 1953 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award.