Medieval Illumination by Hildegard Hageböck
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
is the subject of Hildegard Hageböck's masterpiece
because it represents the core message of the Catholic faith.
With her paintings she wants to give glory to Jesus Christ
and give people the opportunity
to get to know the love of God.
The cycle is painted in the Romanesque style.
On the one hand, the script should be easy to read,
on the other hand, the cycle should be sacred.
The text for the images
is inspired by the writings of saints from different centuries.
The author is the artist; it was translated into Latin by a priest.
The title of the cycle is the motto of St. Cardinal Newman:
COR AD COR LOQUITUR
studied medieval illuminati at ISEEM, Angers;
her masterpiece is a cycle about
the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
At the age of 13 she published a booklet
about the patrons of Europe
for the Benedictine monastery of Saint Ottilien.
The artist was born in 2000
in the Black Forest (Germany)
and grew up with six siblings in Alsace,
all of whom were homeschooled .
She completed her university
entrance qualification in Cambridge.
Hildegard has a sacred music education
as an organist, solo singer and conductor.
The artist illustrates books, plans exhibitions,
makes commissioned works and gives courses.
✣ For book painting one needs patience, diligence and steadiness - and hundreds of hours…
✣ Classic motifs are playfully complemented by innovative ideas.
✣ The authentic colors are mixed with eggs white, honey, gum arabic and natural pigments.
✣ Through various elaborate processes, the illumination acquires the plasticity of precious metals.
✣ The artist likes to play with different techniques and tries to transfer medieval principles to contemporary art.
✣ Selected parchments, pigments from minerals and traditional processes vouch for the exceptional quality of the book painting.
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 the art of praising God.
Therefore, she likes to make canon boards for the Mass
or devotional pictures of patron saints.
At the same time, she wants to bring joy to people
through beauty, which is why
she occasionally does work for birth gifts,
board game illustrations, invitations and certificates.
In her motifs, she draws on old models,
but also rearranges them and sometimes
creates completely new designs.