Trees of the Saints
Norbertine family trees of the saints (arbores hagiologicae) are representations,
on which the saints and blesseds of the Order are depicted (usually within medallions)
as branches or blossoms/fruits growing out of St. Norbert, represented as a
trunk: hence also the designation “Arbor Norberti”
The following “trees” were so far collected (in chronological order):
- Pernegg (A), engraving of Tobias Bidenharter, 1616, with 29 medallions.
- Park (B), engraving of Mallery, 1617, with 24 medallions.
- Ninove (B), engraving of Mallery, before 1630, likewise with 24 medallions
(correspond with those of Park). In Ninove you find Ludwig and Walter, in Park
Elisabeth and Gerlach.
- De Jode (B), engraving, 1634, with 16 medallions, but unfinished. The lower
part is missing, as are the names under the saints, so it cannot be determined
who is depicted in all of the portraits.
- Van Craeywinckel (B), engraving, 1665, with 22 medallions. This tree is published
in his book “Legende der Heylighen” (volume II).
- Zukowo (PL), beginning of 17th century, with 6 medallions.
- Imbramowice (PL), oil painting, 17th century, with 23 canons and 1 sister.
- Zwierzyniec (PL), chalice-velum, 18th century, embroidery of Anna Zapilska,
1669, with 22 medallions.
- Zwierzyniec (PL), oil painting, 18th century, with 30 canons and 30 sisters.
The names under the illustrations are in Polish, not all have been deciphered.
Some years ago, this painting was restored and some names were disfigured.
- Frigolet (F), engraving, with 28 saints: The style is neo-gothic and inspired
by a spainish engraving of an unknown artist; there are 2 copys:
1. Engraving of Alcan (1872) with 28 canons without Ricvera
2. Engraving of Morceau (without date) with 28 canons and Ricvera.