Abelard and Héloïse

Abelard and Héloïse


Icon of Abelard and Héloïse, based on manuscript image.

Peter Abelard (1079 – 21 April 1142) was a French scholastic philospher, theologian and logician, who fell in love with and later secretly married Héloïse d'Argenteuil. a woman remarkable for her knowledge of Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Héloïse became pregnant and was sent by Abelard to be looked after by his family in Brittany, where she gave birth to a son whom she named Astrolabe.

Abelard decided to become a monk at the monastery of St Denis, near Paris. Before doing so he insisted that Héloïse take vows as a nun. Héloïse sent letters to Abelard, questioning why she must submit to a religious life for which she had no calling.

Abelard fixed more decisively than anyone before him the scholastic manner of philosophizing, with the object of giving a formal, rational expression to received ecclesiastical doctrine.

This is part of the series of traditional and Orthodox saints, which derives from a range of sources, including manuscripts, other icons and mosaics. Some icons include 24 carat gold highlights.

Abelard and Heloise is painted in acrylic on a Loxley Gold box canvas and has two layers of varnish. It is signed on the reverse in pencil. All edges are painted and varnished. 

This is one of a series of traditional and orthodox saints; see my gallery for other images.

The image size is 20cm x 25cm (8" x 10").

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