Symbolika w relacji ilustracji i tekstu w pierwszej księdze Scivias Hildegardy z Bingen
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The fi rst book of Scivias of Hildegard of Bingen is composed of six visions which recount theauthor’s revelation. The visions were written by Hildegard’s secretary, and at the same timeilluminations were painted to illustrate the written text. The fi rst book of Scivias shows the creationof the world. In the fi rst vision one can read about the Creator. The second, very extensive,vision describes the fall of Lucifer and its consequence – the original sin of Adam and Eve.The third vision in turn shows the cosmic egg, which symbolizes the Universe. The fourth oneconsists of three parts and concerns the human body and soul as well as a relationship betweenthem. Synagogue as a „mother of incarnation” and the mother-in-law of the Church is describedin the fi fth vision. The last part of the book shows the characteristics of angels’ choruses. Allelements that appear in visions, apart from their literary sense, also have a symbolic meaning. Insome cases it is related to the real form of the person, thing or phenomenon. In the present paperthese elements of cosmos are described according to their function and artistic representation.
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