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

Court workshop of Duke Ludwig I of Liegnitz and Brieg1353

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

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.

Details

  • Title: Heinrich Sleeping and Saint Hedwig Praying; Heinrich and Saint Hedwig with Their Children
  • Creator: Court workshop of Duke Ludwig I of Liegnitz and Brieg
  • Date: 1353
  • Location Created: Silesia, Poland
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 34.1 x 24.8 cm (13 7/16 x 9 3/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, colored washes, and ink on parchment
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig XI 7, fol. 11
  • Object Type: Folio
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: Ms. Ludwig XI 7, fol. 11
  • Department: Manuscripts
  • Culture and Date: Silesian, 1353
  • Culture: Silesian
  • Classification: Manuscripts

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