Hildegard of Bingen

Posted on July 18, 2014

Hildegard is part of my Creative Rebels series I’m making out of all the cardboard boxes that come into the house.

Hildegard of Bingen lived in the 1100s was called Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Hildegard was a feminist for her time but knew she had to be non threatening to her male superiors. Hildegard always stated she was a weak, poor, uneducated woman directed by God. She founded the first female-only monastery that was not attached to a male order. One of her works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama and arguably the oldest surviving morality play.
She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, and poems, while supervising miniature illuminations in the Rupertsberg manuscript of her first work, Scivias.
The image I have used is an illumination of Hildegard dictating to Volmar, her secretary and scribe, as she receives a vision in her cell.
Really amazing chick and worth reading about.