GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 17, 2017) – The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery (M&G) has loaned several pieces of art and numerous antiquities to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., for the museum’s grand opening Friday, Nov. 17.
The Museum of the Bible is designed to engage all people with the history, narrative and impact of the Bible. Located two blocks from the National Mall, the museum provides guests with an immersive, personalized, and unparalleled experience, using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life.
The museum is largely funded by the Green family, the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby. Steve Green, Hobby Lobby’s chief executive, serves as chair of the museum.
“M&G is very pleased to participate in the opening of this new museum in our nation’s capital,” said Erin Jones, director of the Museum & Gallery. “We loan to museums around the world, and the opportunity to represent M&G in such a high-profile location is very exciting. It’s been a pleasure working with professionals who appreciate our collection and who will share it with others.”
M&G loaned Pier Francesco Sacchi’s The Adoration of the Shepherds, Francesco Granacci’s Rest on the Flight into Egypt, and The Virgin Annunciate, a late 15th century Tuscan sculpture, which will be displayed in the Impact of the Bible Exhibit. In addition, M&G loaned over 25 antiquities for the museum’s Nazareth Village Exhibit.
The pieces will be on loan to the museum through 2019.
M&G’s collection is one of the largest and most interesting collections of European Old Master paintings in America. The museum also boasts nearly 200 pieces of Gothic to nineteenth century furniture, approximately 100 works of sculpture, some 60 textiles, over 1,000 ancient artifacts, and approximately 130 architectural elements.