In the Beginning Was the Word: Medieval Gospel Illumination, an exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, opens today. A look at the "physical manifestation of the word of God," this dazzling array of images will be up through November 27. Shown here is a leaf from a Gospel printed in Constantinople, around 1325-45. So writes the Getty: "The Evangelist Mark is shown here in the act of sharpening his pen as he prepares to write the text of his Gospel. Other instruments of the scribe's trade, including an inkpot, a compass, and a bottle of ink, are seen on the desk in front of Mark."