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St. Elizabeth of Hungary by Theophilia St. Elizabeth of Hungary by Theophilia
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Icon
December 19th 2012
Watercolor, Ink and Gold Leaf


"As in heaven Your will is punctually performed, so may it be done on earth by all creatures, particularly in me and by me." - Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

This was a Christmas gift for a very dear friend of mine whose confirmation saint is St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary (July 7th 1207 - November 17th 1231) was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary. She was born in Hungary and lived there until the age of four, when she was betrothed to Blessed Ludwig (Louis) of Thuringia. She was brought up by Ludwig's family in Thuringia and grew up alongside her future husband. Even as young children they had a great affection for each other. He would often call her "little sister" and she called him "big brother," and he also came to her defense when his siblings or other their peers picked on her.

Elizabeth and Ludwig were married in Wartburg Castle in 1220 (Elizabeth was 14 at the time and Ludwig was 20). Their first child, Hermann, was born in May of 1222. His sister Sophie was born in 1224, and another sister named Gertrud was born in 1227. The new-found Franciscan Order had a large impact on St. Elizabeth's life. Inspired by their love for the poor, she became even more devoted to serving the poor by building hospitals and even ministering to the sick personally. She was often engaged in charitable endeavors and fed the hungry and sold many of her own possessions to feed and clothe the poor that came to her. Ludwig was very fond of his young wife, and even though his family often complained about her, he still defended her and her love of the poor.

There are two famous stories associated with St. Elizabeth of Hungary. One is called "the Miracle of the Roses" where, while St. Elizabeth was going out to give bread to the poor, either her husband Ludwig or his brother Heinrich approached her and asked her what she had under her cloak. Upon lifting the cloak, a shower of roses fell from her arms. Another story says that while Ludwig was out, St. Elizabeth was caring for a leper, and since all of the beds in her hospital were filled, she had the leper brought to her own room and put up on their bed. When Ludwig found out, at first he was indignant, but when he lifted the covers Almighty God opened the eyes of his soul, and instead of a leper he saw the figure of Christ crucified stretched upon the bed.

Ludwig promised the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II that he would join the Sixth Crusade. However, he only got as far as Otranto, Italy, when a plague broke out and he died from fever on September 11th, 1227 at the age of 27. In a delirium from the fever, he said that his room seemed to be filled with doves and he said: "I must fly away with these white doves." St. Elizabeth, when she heard the news that he was dead, was completely devastated, saying, "He is dead, and now the whole world is dead to me too." His body was brought back to Germany and entombed at the Abbey of Reinhardsbrunn. Elizabeth was 20 at the time.

After Ludwig's death, his family turned on her. Ludwig's brother, Heinrich Raspe removed her children from the succession and became Landgrave of Thuringia. She went to live in Marburg and a priest named Konrad von Marburg became her confessor. It was at this time that she made solemn vows and became a Third Order Franciscan, devoting herself completely to the care of the poor. She died at the age of 24 at Marburg and was canonized four years later on May 28th, 1235.

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us!

The Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary is on November 17th.
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:iconmaryfrancis:
maryfrancis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
Is it possible to purchase a print of this icon?  We are starting a new mission in the city of Detroit and St. Elizabeth is out patron.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, absolutely! My contact info and my print prices are on the front of my page in my journal. :nod:
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013   Photographer
Saint Elizabeth has always been one of my favourite saints. Here care for the poor has been depicted in many famous paintings, among which there are many from Hungary (where I'm from) and I remember my mother telling me about her passion for the poor, even though she was a princess.
Thank you for this beautiful work!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank YOU! :aww: She's a wonderful saint; definitely one of my twin sister's favorites. :aww:
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   Photographer
You're welcome!! :)
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KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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haius Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist
I like to think my St Elizabeth Seton commission started you on this series.  :XD:  BECAUSE THEY ALL LOOK GORGEOUS.  You should, like, illustrate a book of the saints or something.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They definitely did, so you can take all of the credit for that. ;-)

Hahahah, why thank you! ^^
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:iconhaius:
haius Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist
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spirit-reflections Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Very pleasing!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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ElizabethZS Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
I am mesmerized by the magnificence captured in this icon!! I am named for her, my beloved Saint Elizabeth of Hungary AND I am of Hungarian descent, born in America. I want to start-up my own nursing services, a small self-employment business as I am an RN with a doctorate, Doctor of Nursing degree. This icon picture would be perfect on brochure and online home page of business I want to create SO... and did you know SHE is PATRON of, among others, "nursing services"!!! HOW BEAUTIFUL, TRULY! God be with the artist and your webpage which I am visiting for the first time. Want to contact you on how it may or may not be possible for me to arrange this usage? Guess I appreciate it so much because, I too, am an artist. Just became a new member. --Peace! and Greetings from Elizabeth in Ohio.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :aww: My twin sister is going into nursing too! (It's a popular field these days methinks. :D) Good luck with starting your business! :D Yeah sure! You can e-mail me at theophilia.art@gmail.com if you'd like to talk about using it. :nod:
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Diogenes86 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
So beautiful! Greetings from Hungary! :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww! Thank you so much! Happy Easter! :glomp:
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Wonderful work!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
You are most welcome! :rose:
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rcsi1 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
You should put together a book of all your Saint pieces.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll probably have to eventually. :D
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, please pray for us!Thank you.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww: She's amazing! :D
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I bet!
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nestle95 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My God.... :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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ART-ALLMYSTYLE Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very BEAUTIFUL....It's amazing! God bless you! :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :glomp:
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ART-ALLMYSTYLE Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcomee :D
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vonmeer Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Inspiring, absolutely inspiring. Favorited!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :glomp:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
One of the more endearing of medieval royal saints. Nicely done. Do you know the paintings of her by E.B Leighton, and by James Collinson? They are rather good, too.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Leighton's I know well, (though I can never seem to find a very high resoultion image of it :() and I only just saw Collinsons' because you pointed it out. Thanks for the tip. Always on the look out for awesoem artists. ;-)
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
As for Leighton's, there's quite a good one here:

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You can get a higher res one subscribing to ARC

Collinsons' one is even nicer, I think, and did you spot the Templars in the background?
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lawwellsy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
A quick extra - while Ludwig is not considered as Saint in the wider Church, he is venerated in modern Thuringia along with his wife as a saint.

I know this because I did a little piece on St Elizabeth when I was a catechist. The icon is beautiful, and I'm sure the kids would have been astonished if I'd had it then.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think he is considered Blessed though. :nod:
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful picture! :+fav:
Saint Elizabeth is one of my favourite saints especially since I found more information about her because my girlfriend (now fiancee) is named Elizabeth after her. :-)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's lovely! I hope you have a most happy engagement and an even happier marriage! Congratulations! :glomp:
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neral85 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:

I have been thinking for some time about drawing a picture of St Elizabeth as a present to her (as well as St Ludmila, who is her confirmation patron saint), so this is a lovely inspiration for me. :-)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!

St. Ludmila is wonderful! I'm a big fan of St. Wenceslaus! :D (and I don't even have any Slavic blood in me!)
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neral85 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's great! You should draw them too! ;-)
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! :) Love it!

:+fav:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :dance:
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :)
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EmpressofAndes Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's wonderful! :rose:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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EmpressofAndes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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lucas863 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Very good, siant Isabel pray for us!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:

Indeed! ^^
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Meldelen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
She's really lovely, congratulations! :)
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