Perhaps the one or the other will be able to feel God’s glory and directive through the images, or whether they find consolation or admonition keeping them in their spirit. Then the artist’s work assignment would be justified.
Despair, bliss, gratitude, love and hope. When he converted the written text of the Bible into a visual narrative, the artist experienced various emotional states. He pored over the words and used different translations in order to aid his understanding.
This unique piece of art is the only visual narrative of the complete Bible. It was named after the Stuttgart-based artist Willy Wiedmann (1929-2013). For 16 years, he worked on the Leporello, which is almost a mile (1,2 km) long. Wiedmann did not have the opportunity to publish his work. Therefore, he buried his dream and the Bible in the attic of his gallery. Here his son, Martin Wiedmann, discovered it after his father’s death. Since 2015, the Wiedmann Bible is on its way to fulfill its mission: to share the Bible with everyone and to visually engage people with it, thus giving them a new way to access and understand it.
Since then, the Wiedmann Bible is on its way to fulfill its mission: sharing the Bible with everyone through images, thus giving them a new way to access as well as understanding of it. On the “Evangelischer Kirchentag” (German Protestant Kirchentag) in Stuttgart in 2015, the original was presented to the public for the first time.
In the meantime, a digital world of images has been created. In the Virtual Reality, you can – for instance – step into Noah’s Arch or rummage through the leporellos in the gallery’s attic. The interactive Media World allows you an inside view into the Bible that had never been offered before.
Since February 2018 the Wiedmann Bible is available in book form for the first time. The exclusive and limited ART-Edition with the artist’s comments and bible verses from the Luther Bible 2017 has been published in cooperation with the German Bible Society. You can order your personal copy of the ART-Edition here.
In October 2018 the Wiedmann Bible made its first visit to the US. Until April 2019 the Willy Wiedmann’s art, life, and life’s work was showcased in an exhibition at the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.
- 16 years
- 3333 images
- 1 artist
- 1 mile
Experience a new and unique approach to the Book of Books. The digital Wiedmann Bible depicts the complete Old and New Testament in 3,333 images. Take it with you everywhere you go on the web or mobile apps, or watch the illustrations on DVD. You can use use the Wiedmann Bible for educational purposes, at church or Bible Study. This way, studying the Bible becomes even more exciting. You can find all of the Wiedmann Bible’s merchandise in our shop. With your purchase, you support a good cause at the same time.*
*With your purchase, and thanks to your help, we are able to make the Wiedmann Bible accessible to everyone around the world. Parts of the proceeds from the sale of the Wiedmann Bible merchandise are donated to the Wiedmann Bible Foundation and its projects to share and make the Bible accessible to everyone through images.