Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts
October 10, 2017–January 14, 2018, Getty Center
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God is living, being, spirit, all verdant being, all creativity –Hildegard of Bingen
In Renaissance Europe, many people looked to nature for spiritual inspiration and to guide their contemplation of the divine. In manuscripts created for personal or communal devotion, elements of nature—such as rocks, trees, flowers, waterways, mountains, and even the atmosphere—add layers of meaning to the illuminations, which were painted with careful observation of every minute detail. These landscapes remind readers to appreciate, and respect, the wonder of creation.