Working on the most recent Art Doll Quarterly Challenge has been,
well… a challenge! But she is finished! My Medieval Mystery Maiden:
Playing softly in the background, while completing my doll
for the “Medieval Doll Challenge, are the ethereal voices
Gregorian chant. I am listening to
by one of the most remarkable and gifted women
history: Hildegard von Bingen.
Born in Germany in 1098, she would dedicate her
to serving others; becoming a nun at the age of fifteen.
During her lifetime, Hildegard of Bingen created an
outpouring of work in music, poetry, and scientific literature.
She was both a woman of vision and a
“visionary” of some Biblical and religious texts during the 12th century.
The music, which I have incorporated on the doll stand, represents one of Hildegard’s chants: O virtus
Sapientiae (Strength of Wisdom).I wonder if the text could have been based upon this
familiar proverbial quote that Hildegard would have been acquainted with:
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of
wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (KJV)
The manuscript sitting on the small side table is a representation
of her writings on medieval medicine: Liber Simplicis Medicinae
(Simple Book of Medicine). The glass jars hold her herbal remedies.
Hildegard… a medieval lady in waiting!
(Yes, waiting to be shipped off to California…) Thank you for taking this creative journey with me! Daryle