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Hildegard von Bingen

The Fountain of God’s Work

The Fountain of God’s Work, Hildegard von Bingen
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The Fountain of God’s Work (Book of Divine Works, Part 3, Vision 3) is a Medieval Gold Leaf Painting created by Hildegard von Bingen in 1230. It lives at the Biblioteca Statale in Italy. The image is © Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, and in the Public Domain, and tagged Illuminated Manuscripts. Download

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This illumination introduces Part 3, Vision 2 of Hildegard von Bingen’s final visionary writing, the Liber Divinorum Operum, or “Book of Divine Works.” Hildegard completed the first copy of the Divinorum Operum in around 1173, but this illumination comes from a 13th century copy known as the Lucca manuscript.

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