Hildegard of Bingen was a medieval abbess, prophet, artist, composer, physician, advisor to popes, and has of late been declared a Doctor of the Church, one of only 36.
She had her first mystic vision at age 3; she had many throughout her life and wrote illustrated books about them. This is an illustration of one of her visions.
We find the colors and composition of this piece to be extremely interesting. The dragon resembles the beast from St. John's Revelation with its seven heads and feet like a bear. Even though this portrays a contest, the calm tone comes from God's victory, known by both parties beforehand. There is a balance to the picture, but the angel has the superior position. We think perhaps the implication of God's power is part of what gives this picture its beauty.
The International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies offers commentary on her visions at www hildegard-society (dot) org.
We print it on special art paper with archival quality pigments, rated to last for many generations without fading when kept out of the direct sun.
– 8.5 x 11" acid-free paper
– Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
– Cardboard backer
– Above story of the art
– Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.
** IMPORTANT ** There is about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture, so the image is smaller than the paper.
Sue & John