MEDIEVAL ARTWORK AND PAINTING, HISTORY OF
WHY DID MONKS PAINT BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS IN BIBLES IN MEDIEVAL TIMES ?
BY FRANK E. HENRICH JANUARY 2007
|PAINTED OVER 800 YEARS AGO FOR HERE COMES THE BRIDE AT A MEDIEVAL WEDDING
This is Frank Henrich. May I ask a favor of you?
Try to move back in time. The year is 1200 AD. You are in a world where there are few schools to attend, modern universities
do not exist; there are no jet planes and telephones, and few books exist; yes, no machine printed books. Add to this a normal
life span of only 40 to 45 years; but there is a deep reverence toward God, and there are those who hunger for a deeper understanding
of Him. You are now a part of that life where few persons read, and all written learning is in the Latin language. The Holy
Scriptures are held to be divinely inspired and are trusted as rules for living. How do you learn what the book record? If
you are one of the few who can read Latin, you are fortunate. Now, I want you to pretend that you are a young man of intelligence
and that you have been allowed to become a monk in a monastery; there you learned to read Latin and have been chosen to copy
the Holy Scriptures. Yes, imagine, you now have the privilege of reading them. You have a flare for art and as you read the
events in the holy writings, beautiful images come and fill your mind; you desire to give life to this imagery on the Holy
Scripture pages. You must not change the writing, so you take the first letter of the first word of a paragraph and make it
larger; yes, even decorate it with images of events from the Scriptures as your mind envisions them. Oh, what a joy you feel
as you praise God. For those others that lack this ability to create these colorful images, your illustrations add import
to the Scripture message as they read.
And if that isn’t enough, something even better happens. Your pictures
are seen by those who cannot read. They became the pictures on leather that tell a story just like the stained glass windows
in the churches portray their stories. Here we have an illuminated image in a capital letter D from a 1480 AD document for
a gift to a Christian devotional book for a bride so it shows a wedding taking place. And even better yet, the artwork
of that monk can be seen by thousands on this web page, 800 years later. A decorated initial is not be an image to worship
but rather a sight that inspires us to seek and worship God in spirit. Read Scripture John 4:24. Image courtesy of Denison
Library, Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Reference Denison Library, Kirby 1; Book of Hours, Flanders, ca.1480, f. 69v.
HERE IS A BEAUTIFUL IMAGE PAINED IN HONOR OF HERE
COMES THE BRIDE FOR A MEDIEVAL WEDDING THAT ACTUALLY OCCURED.
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Is God Spirit?
Is the spiritual world real?
Deliverance thru supernatural intervention?
Why do I have such a hard time
Saying these words to others?
What is wrong with the
Can I substitute the word spiritual?
Saying is the spiritual real?
Deliverance thru spiritual intervention?
Well, there are spiritual and physical events
Of a supernatural unexplained quality
But here I am addressing the physical acts.
Could it be that I have become too worldly,
Worried what others will say of me,
Yes, even think of me, and yes, be ostracized?
For you see I do believe
In deliverance thru the insertion
Of supernatural intervention,
But would I still be
embarrassed to admit
Such a happening in my life?
In the culture of the current time?
As the Jews stood defenseless
With their backs to the Red Sea,
Pharaoh's army stood ready to charge,
God told them thru Moses to
Stand firm, wait and
For God would show His mighty hand.
They stood firm and the water
Of the Red Sea parted and formed
A dry path for them to safety
And then before their
All the Pharaoh’s army died.
Wow, that was a supernatural intervention!
What a deliverance of God’s people!
Do you not think that God can deliver
a sick non-God current culture?
Of course, He can, as we hold firm and trust,
for His mighty hand to come.
But the Red Sea was thousands of years ago,
talking about today, right now,
Perhaps, I have forgotten that God
Is the same God as
in BC times.
I just realized that when I pray
I am asking God for deliverance,
In a physical supernatural insertion,
Into the life of those I pray for,
To make them well or cause
Another event in someone else’s life.
daily asking God to
Deliver thru supernatural intervention,
Why should I be afraid to
My friends that my God has power?
Well, I won’t be any longer afraid
To shout it from the roof tops,
My God intervenes and cares!
think of what you
Have just shouted from your throat,
Declaring that God can correct
An ego centered sick anti-God culture;
That’s right, God can in His timing
We, just need to be not
He knows what is going on,
Hold firm, live a life for Him
And watch Him work!
Just think, we have the opportunity
To pray for God's
acts of deliverance.
By Frank E. Henrich May 29, 2008
THE GODLY POEM
Oh Lord, when is a poem inspirational?
Do I have the right to call a sonnet
Inspired or do only You mark such a poem?
Oh Holy Spirit
come touch my poems.
When I write of Jesus my Saviour so great,
Can hope that my verses of prose,
Yes, my poem, will have the power of God!
Only when the Holy Spirit moves the words.
only all my poems could stir the life
Of hurting souls searching for the saving Jesus!
But I am a man and
powerless but God used
As a conduit for the Holy Spirit touches.
If only I could sit all day and
Of the glory of God, our wonderful Trinity,
But to do so requires a greater blessing
Oh God bless and sent more poets into the world.
Please do this so the saving message
Will be sent out in its outward reach of hope,
And we our servant poets will have a part to
In this wonderful message of eternal salvation.
Praise God that He loves us so much
That He sent His only Son to die for us,
Thank you Jesus for coming and sending down
The Holy spirit to
guide back home to God.
By Frank E. Henrich February 18, 2013
This page is abourt medieval art history. Viewing the medieval image or illustration, one wonders why the monks painted these
Biblical initals. this one is of a wedding.
THIS WEB SITE
CONTAINS OVER 80 PAGES OF DIFFERENT INSPIRATIONAL RELIGIOUS
POEMS AND DEVOTIONALS.
YOU WILL FIND THEM LISTED IN THE COLUMN TO THE LEFT.
READ DOWN THE TITLES TO FIND THE RIGHT CHRISTIAN POEMS OR CHRISTIAN DEVOTIONALS FOR
YOU AND CLICK ON THE TITLE TO SEE THE WRITING. MAY GOD BLESS
YOU AS YOUR READ.
←Select another poem or article from
the far left column, click on title and read
Image used with the permission of Ella Strong Denision
Library, Scripps College, Claremont, CA Maniscript Kirby 1, Book of hours, Flanders, ca 1480 F 69v
Here we have a medieval image of a wedding painted over 500 years ago and it is a beautiful Biblical illustration or image.
Viewing it one wonders why the monks painted these Biblical initals with great medieval pictures. This is medieval art history.