Lanzetta, Beverly. Hildegard of Bingen, natural pigments on gessoed pine board.
Hildegard of Bingen
12th century German mystic, healer, and seer. St. Hildegard is kneeling at the center of the wheel of life, which she associates with feminine divine figures. Around her is a circle of angels who gaze upon her, enclosing her within “veriditas”—A Latin word Hildegard created to signify the “greening power” of the spirit. The retablo conveys the immanence of veriditas in her theology and the healing properties she derives from plants and nature. In the palms of her hands are green dots, symbolizing her healing gifts.
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