Codex Lucca: Author picture

As if glued, the author's picture hangs under miniature 1. It shows Hildegard von Bingen in a cloister office. "Scientific" writings were written here in their time, similarly today in the university.

Hildegard "looks" over the Healing Christ and dictates her vision to the learned Benedictine monk Vollmar, who translates the picture into a written Latin language.

This is how the Liber Divinorum Operum work came into being, the historically oldest script preserved by Hildegard von Bingen. It serves as a guide for medicine here.


Do we know Hildegard of Bingen?

Hildegard appears twice:

  • in the middle of the picture as the famous seer who looks at Christ,
  • on the right as the anonymous insignificant nun praying.

Who is more important? To answer this question you need to know the nature of monastery medicine. You have to go down the path, go down the level of humility. This is the only way to achieve merciful love, Caritas, in which all medicine is stored. The real teacher of medicine is not the famous abbess, but the praying nun.

She keeps one eye open and one closed, thus indicating that the visions should be perceived differently.


This picture indicates the good atmosphere of the cloister office. Here you smell Christ the medicus.