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ID: 700002319Record Type: Movable Work
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Vita beatae Hedwigis (illuminated manuscript; Court workshop of Duke Ludwig I of Liegnitz and Brieg, and N...; 1353; J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles, Los A...; 83.MN.126; Ms. Ludwig XI 7)
Note: 204 folios, 1 full-page miniature, 64 half-page miniatures, 1 genealogical table. In 1353 Duke Ludwig I of Liegnitz and Brieg and his wife Agnes commissioned this manuscript, which narrates the story of the life and works of Saint Hedwig in Latin (Vita beatae Hedwigis). One of the Duke's ancestors, Hedwig was born a wealthy noblewoman in the 1200s and lived a devout life with her husband Henry I and their children at the court of Silesia, a German-Polish border region. Hedwig founded numerous religious houses, including Silesia's first nunnery at Trebnitz. After her husband's death, she retired to this convent, where she lived an austere life dedicated to helping the poor. Although she never took religious vows, her self-mortification and charitable deeds and the healing miracles associated with her tomb led to her canonization in 1267. This manuscript is the earliest extant copy of Hedwig's biography that includes illuminations. An image of the manuscript's patrons venerating Hedwig visually sets the book in the context of its creation, and a sequence of narrative images follows the story of Hedwig's life. At the duke's death, he left this manuscript to the shrine of Saint Hedwig at Brieg, where it came to be considered a relic of the saint herself.
Titles:
Vita beatae Hedwigis (preferred,C,U,Latin-P,U,U,English,L,U)
Life of the Blessed Hedwig (C,U,D,DE,English,U,U)
Ms. Ludwig XI 7 (C,U,MD,undetermined,U,U)
Catalog Level: volume
Work Types:
illuminated manuscript [300265483] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (hierarchy name), Information Forms (hierarchy name), information forms (objects), document genres, <document genres by conditions of production>, manuscripts (document genre))
hagiography (document) [300201063]
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (hierarchy name), Information Forms (hierarchy name), information forms (objects), document genres, <document genres by form>, literature (writings), document genres for literary works, biographies (documents))
book [300028051]
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (hierarchy name), Information Forms (hierarchy name), information forms (objects), information artifacts, <information artifacts by physical form>)

Classifications:
manuscripts (preferred)

Creation Date: 1353

Creator Display:
Court workshop of Duke Ludwig I of Liegnitz and Brieg, and Nicolaus of Prussia, scribe [preferred,JPGM]
scribe Nikolaus von Pruzie (German scribe, active ca. 1453) [500022680]
patron Ludwig I, Duke of Liegnitz and Brzeg (Polish duke, ca. 1321-1398) [500356975]
Locations:
Current: J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles, Los Angeles county, California, United States) [500329598] J. Paul Getty Museum, J. Paul Getty Trust, Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: 83.MN.126; Ms. Ludwig XI 7
Other: Creation: Schlesien [7007552] Europe (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Display Materials: Tempera colors, colored washes, and ink on parchment bound between wood boards covered with red-stained pigskin
tempera [300015062]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (matter), <materials by function>, coating (material), <coating by form>, paint (coating), <paint by composition or origin>, water-base paint)
wash technique [300182748]
.......(Activities Facet, Processes and Techniques (hierarchy name), <processes and techniques by specific type>, image-making processes and techniques, <painting and painting techniques>, painting techniques, <painting techniques by application method or circumstances>)
ink [300015012]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (matter), <materials by function>, coating (material), <coating by form>)
parchment (animal material) [300011851]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (matter), <materials by origin>, biological material, animal material, processed animal material)
wood board [300162666]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (matter), <materials by origin>, biological material, plant material, <wood and wood products>, wood products)
pigskin [300011849]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (matter), <materials by origin>, biological material, animal material, collagenous material, skin (collagenous material))

Dimensions: Leaf: 34.1 x 24.8 cm (13 7/16 x 9 3/4 in.)
Cultures:
Silesian (preferred)

Style/Period/Group/Movement:
Gothic (Medieval) [300020775] (preferred,style)
.....(Styles and Periods Facet, Styles and Periods (hierarchy name), <styles| periods| and cultures by region>, European, Medieval styles and periods, Medieval (European))

General Subject:
religion and mythology (preferred )

Specific Subjects:
Blessed Hedwig (Silesian noblewoman, saint, 13th century) [500354880]
.....(Non-Artists) (ULAN)
Latin (language) [300388693]
.....(Associated Concepts Facet, Associated Concepts (hierarchy name), language-related concepts, <languages and writing systems>, <languages and writing systems by specific type>) (AAT)

Provenance: Bequeathed to the convent of Saint Hedwig, 1369
Inscriptions: Secondary Inscription: Inscribed fol. 1v, upper center, "Iste liber ecclesie sancte Hedwigis in Brega quem dedit dux Ludowicus ad collegium ibidem" (erased). Inscribed fol. 2, upper inside corner, in pen, "113"; and upper outside corner, in pencil, "2741" [Shelfmark of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek]; and center, in pen, "Historici Sacri / 26 / Stadtgemeinde Schlackenwerth". Inscribed fol. 2v, upper margin, in pen, "Ex libris Principessae Piccoliminia Bibliothecae Slacoverdensis Scholarum Piarum". Inscribed fol. 3, upper margin, in pen, "ecclesie Bregensis ecclesie collegiate". Inscribed fol. 70, upper margin, in pen, "ecclesie collegiate Bregensis". Inscribed fol. 148, a scribal colophon: "Explicit legenda maior et minor de Sancta Hedwigi anno Domini millesimo trecentesimo quinquagesimo tercio consumata. Comparata autem per inclitum ducem dominum Lodewicum ducem Slesie et dominum Legniczensem in honore beatae Hedwigis quondam ducisse Slesie tociusque Polonie. Scripta est aut
List/Hierarchical Position:
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.......... Movable Works
Sources and Contributors:
Vita beatae Hedwigis........ [JPGM,VP]
........ J. Paul Getty Museum database for collections (2000-)
Life of the Blessed Hedwig........ [JPGM,VP]
........ J. Paul Getty Museum database for collections (2000-)
Ms. Ludwig XI 7........ [VP]
........ J. Paul Getty Museum database for collections (2000-)
Subject: ....... [JPGM,VP]
Note:
English ..... [JPGM,VP]
..... J. Paul Getty Museum database for collections (2000-)
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