Medieval Illuminations by Hildegard Hageböck
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
is the subject of Hildegard Hageböck's masterpiece
because it represents the central message of the Catholic faith.
With her paintings she wants to give glory to Jesus Christ
and give others the opportunity
to come to know the love of God.
The cycle is painted in the Romanesque style.
The text for the images has been inspired by the writings of saints from different centuries. It was conceived by the artist and translated into Latin by a priest.
The title of the cycle is the motto of St. Cardinal John Henry Newman:
COR AD COR LOQUITUR
studied medieval illumination at ISEEM, Angers;
her masterpiece is a cycle of illuminations about
the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
At the age of 13 she published a booklet
about the patron saints of Europe
for the Benedictine monastery of Sankt Ottilien.
She was born in 2000
in the Black Forest (Germany)
and grew up with six siblings in Alsace (France),
where they were educated at home.
She gained her university
entrance qualification with A-levels .
Hildegard has a sacred music education
as an organist, chorister and conductor.
She illustrates books, plans exhibitions,
makes commissioned works and gives courses on illumination.
✣ For book illuminations one needs patience, diligence, steadiness - and a lot of time…
✣ Classical motifs are playfully complemented by innovative ideas.
✣ The authentic colours are made from eggs white, honey, gum arabic and natural pigments.
✣ Through various elaborate processes, the illumination is refined by precious metals.
✣ The artist likes to work with different techniques and tries to transfer medieval principles to contemporary art.
✣ Selected parchments, pigments from minerals and traditional processes guarantee the exceptional quality of the book illumination.
Hildegard creates mainly works of Christian art.
Stylistically, she deals with various periods
of medieval book illumination;
in addition, she also creates illustrations
for children's books and Christmas cards.
She is always focused on art as a means to praise God.
Therefore, she likes to make altar cards for Holy Mass
or devotional pictures of saints.
At the same time, she wants to bring joy to people
through beauty, which is why
she occasionally makes gifts,
board game illustrations, invitations and certificates.
In her illuminations, she draws on old models,
but also rearranges them and sometimes
creates completely new designs.