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Heinrich Sleeping and Saint Hedwig Praying; Heinrich and Saint Hedwig with Their Children

Object Details

Title:

Heinrich Sleeping and Saint Hedwig Praying; Heinrich and Saint Hedwig with Their Children

Artist/Maker:

Unknown maker

Culture:

Silesian

Place:

Silesia, Poland (Place Created)

Date:

1353

Medium:

Tempera colors, colored washes, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig XI 7 (83.MN.126), fol. 11

Dimensions:

Leaf: 34.1 × 24.8 cm (13 7/16 × 9 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

The images on this page and its facing counterpart present Hedwig as a dutiful daughter, wife, and mother who was also devoted to a life of intense prayer and chastity. On the opposite page, Hedwig appears first with her parents and siblings and then as a bride. On the folio shown here, Hedwig prays at night while her husband, Duke Heinrich, sleeps. The scene would have reminded viewers that the couple took a vow of celibacy after their marriage and the birth of six children. Below this scene, Hedwig and Heinrich sit on a raised platform, surrounded by their children. As head of the family, Hedwig's husband gazes out toward the viewer, while his wife and children all dutifully look toward him.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Illuminated German and Central European Manuscripts (October 17 to December 31, 1989)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 17 to December 31, 1989
Picturing the Medieval Family (May 4 to July 18, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 4 to July 18, 1999
Touching the Past: The Hand in the Medieval Book (July 7 to September 27, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 7 to September 27, 2015