Promotional illustration of "The Book of Genesis Illustrated"
Curiosity piqued, I paid the admittance fee and spent a good two and a half hours going over the extensive and exhaustive work, which includes every single word of the original scriptures (derived from multiple sources).
|Crumb writes a thorough foreword in which he explains his sourcing and research and offers up a defense against the indignant howls of irreverence that are certain to arise.|
At first, I set about reading each word and studying the accompanying illustration, but the sheer volume of material convinced me that such was a futile effort. I soon converted to scanning illustrations and reading what I deemed to be the most interesting stories: the Creation, Adam and Eve and the (very bad) serpent, Noah and the Ark, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and his brothers.
|An example of Crumb's work (this is a French translation; the exhibit is in English)|
I enjoyed the exhibition and learned a lot from it. Further the staff of the Portland Art Museum were courteous, helpful and informative.
Just another benefit of living in this rainy little city I suppose.