Monday, September 27, 2010

Hildegard von Bingen

Today as our guests from Musica da Camera discussed Hildegard, they referred to her illuminations. Hildegard had her works illuminated for both decorative and illustrative purposes. Although she did not make them herself, she oversaw the construction carried out by other artists. Because the illuminations contain such bright colors, some believe that Hildegard suffered from migraine headaches. Below is an example of one of these illuminations.


17 comments:

Katherine said...

Samantha, this is really interesting! Thanks for putting up a picture of the type of art work they were talking about today. To be honest, I didn't realize that migraine headaches can cause people to see different colors. I think Hildegard's work is really interesting and I enjoyed listening to some of her work put on by the Musica de Camera.

Julia Dean said...

In addition to her illumnations, Hildegard von Bingen created music, as well as theological, botanical, medicinal texts, letters, poems, and the first surviving morality play called "Ordo Virtutum." She also described her visions in various books, such as Scivias ("Know the Way"), Liber vitae meritorum ("Book of Life's Merits") and De operatione Dei ("Of God's Activities", also known as Liber divinorum operum, "Book of Divine Works"). Her visions along with her migrane headaches probably influenced her illumination designs.

chrissy said...

I'm in the same boat as Katherine, I didn't know migraines caused people to see bright colors. The guests yesterday performed really well; the man's instruments were amazing.
Can anyone explain how the magic trick worked yesterday?

efabio said...

Chrissy, as far as the magic tricks, I can only explain the first. Because he asked someone to count the sides of the triangle, the corners were the important piece of the puzzle, as they were counted multiple times. As coins were shifted, he altered the number of coins on the corners. The second one is quite a mystery to me, and I would chalk it up to sleight of hand.

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Katherine said...

I just wanted to look up more of Hildegard's work. I can't remember if this is the picture that Mrs. Quinet showed us today in class but I liked this picture.
http://www.sean-og.com/Sean%20Og%20images/hildegard_von_bingen8.jpg

Chloe said...

Hildegard's music was also very influential. She wrote mostly liturgical plainchant honoring the Virgin Mary as well as antiphons. Many of her pieces were performed in her own convent. In her works, Hildegard described her theories that man was the pinnacle of God's creation, and she stressed the importance of religious devotion.

Olivia Celata said...

Like Julia said, Hildegard wrote botanical and medicinal texts. She seems to be very interested in the natural world around her and incorporated this into her work. Hildegard was known to have healing powers, where she used herbs and stones to cure others. I found that an example of this included her curing the blind with water from the Rhine river.

Blaine said...

I, like Hildegarde, experience severe migraines. Although I am sure I have migraines less often than Hildegarde, I can definitely relate with her artwork. Her illuminations depict bright, ornately colored images that, after looking at them too long, would give one a headache.

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