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The Life of the Blessed Hedwig: A Study of the Manuscript and the Context in which it was
produced

Monika Rostkowski


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Title

The Life of the Blessed Hedwig: A Study of the Manuscript and the Context in which it was
produced

Author

Monika Rostkowski

Advisor

Dorothy M Shepard

Date

2014

Subject

  • Polish medieval manuscripts

    Abstract

    The Life of the Blessed Hedwig is a medieval illuminated manuscript based on the life of St. Hedwig of Silesia. Produced in the court workshop of Ludwig I of Liegnitz and Brieg in 1353, this manuscript is a beautiful example of medieval Polish art. Piecing together the images of the manuscript, this paper suggests that the pinnacle image of the codex, the full page portrait of the saint and its Marian imagery, causes the image to take the place of Hedwig’s charismatic body, lending the saint life. Like Hedwig’s life her image codifies all the qualities, virtues and attributes that attached to and defined the saint’s charisma. Through these subtle images along with the texts of her life we can piece together a visual, historical, and religious account of this medieval saint.

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Monika Rostkowski, “The Life of the Blessed Hedwig: A Study of the Manuscript and the Context in which it was produced,” History of Art & Design Theses, accessed November 21, 2017, http://hadthesis.pratt.edu/items/show/54.