Holy Wisdom

Twelfth Century

Stammheim Missal, Hildesheim, probably 1170s. Getty Museum | Google Books

The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of long ago.
Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth—
when he had not yet made earth and fields,
or the world’s first bits of soil.
When he established the heavens, I was there,
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
then I was beside him, like a master worker;
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the human race.          Prov. 8:22-31

Fifteenth Century

Holy Wisdom icon, Novgorod type, early 15th century. Moscow Kremlin. WikiObraz.orgNasledie-Rus

Sixteenth Century

Sophia the Wisdom of God, Novgorod Cathedral, 16th century. Wiki | Icon-art.info

to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.         1 Cor. 1:24

Assumption Cathedral, Moscow, 16th century. Wiki

Does not wisdom call,
and does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights, beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
‘To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.          Prov. 8:1-4

Wisdom hath builded her house, Kirillov Monastery, Novgorod, 1548?  Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. | Icon-art.info Wiki

Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.         Ephesians 3:8-12

Seventeenth Century

Holy Wisdom, 17th century, Rybinsk Museum. | Wiki | Icon-art.info

For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
She is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
and she orders all things well.          Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-8:1

Holy Wisdom, 17th century, Yaroslavl Museum. | Wiki Mull Monastery

Wisdom has built her house,
   she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
‘You that are simple, turn in here!’
To those without sense she says,
‘Come, eat of my bread
   and drink of the wine I have mixed.  
      Prov 9.1-5

Eighteenth Century

St. Sophia, the Wisdom of God, 18th century. St. Sophia of Kiev | Google Wiki

Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.
She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for she will be found sitting at the gate.
To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care,
because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought.         Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16

Johann Baptist Zimmermann, Divine Wisdom, 1738. Library ceiling, Herrenchiemsee Abbey, Upper Bavaria. | Wiki
Monastery church of the Assumption of Mary, Fürstenzell, Lower Bavaria. Johann Jakob Zeiller, fresco of the Assumption of Mary, 1744-48. Detail: Ascent of the virtues of meekness, faith and wisdom. | Wiki

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