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Hildegard von Bingen

Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer

Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer, Hildegard von Bingen
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Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer is a Medieval Ink and Gold Leaf Drawing created by Hildegard von Bingen in 1150. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Catholicism, Mysticism and Jesus Christ. SourceDownload

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The first vision in book two of Hildegard von Bingen’s masterwork, Scivias. This vision focused on Adam and Christ, where Adam fails to pick a flower representing “the sweet precept of obedience". In a radical revision of Genesis, instead of Satan tempting Adam with the knowledge of good and evil, this knowledge was a gift from God that Adam ignored. Redemption follows represented by the stars of the patriarchs, the prophets, John the Baptist and finally Christ himself.

Hildegard von Bingen was considered a mystic theologian, and her canonization was contentious — but her visions were more than just imaginative — they were a thoughtful and deliberate redefinition of God’s relationship with mankind.

Reed Enger, "Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer," in Obelisk Art History, Published January 27, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/hildegard-von-bingen/scivias-2.1-the-redeemer/.

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