Today’s Scripture: John 12:1-11

3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (NRSV)

The Macklin Bible — The Woman Washing Jesus’s Feet

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The Macklin Bible is an enormous physical specimen of book art, comprising seven volumes two feet in height and over 130 pounds in weight. It is the apogee of the art of British copper-plate engraving, involving both painters and engravers. These renowned artists often selected scripture texts that featured women, who were the nurturers of religious education for the family in late 18th century England.

This print is by William Hamilton and William Bromley and dates to 1798.

Attribution: Hamilton, William, 1751-1801 ; Bromley, William, 1769-1842. The Macklin Bible -- The Woman Washing Jesus’s Feet, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved March 19, 2015]. Original source: A gift to Vanderbilt University from John J. and Anne Czura.