All through the medieval period, art largely consisted of the architectural design and construction of churches, monasteries, castles, and similar eclectic structures while homes and other types of buildings were given less attention. Religion played a major part of daily life during the Middle Ages, reasons why the artists of the early Middle Ages were predominantly priests and monks who lived in monasteries. Their art became the primary method of communicating narratives of a Biblical nature to the people. Medieval art illustrates the passionate interest and idealistic expression of the Christian and Catholic faith.
The sources shown are two artworks made by Hildegard von Bingen. She was the best-known religious woman of the twelfth century. The first artwork is a coloured ink drawing, representing The Feeding of the Five Thousand, is from a manuscript named the 'Prayer Book of Hildegard of Bingen'. This richly decorated manuscript was intended to serve the private devotions of a woman of high rank. The second artwork is the Book of Divine Works which represents the Vision of Divine Love, who holds the Lamb of God, and tramples upon Discord and the devil. These artworks were considered of great value during medieval Europe.