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"In 18th C. Europe it became a popular romantic sentiment to have an ornamental hermit living in one's garden...'Back in the 18th C. wealthy estate owners were hiring real people to dress as druids, grow their hair long, and not wash for years. These hired hermits would lodge in shacks, caves and other hermitages constructed in a rustic manner in rambling gardens. It was a practice mostly found in England, although it made it up to Scotland and over to Ireland as well.'"

Before the Garden Gnome, the Ornamental Hermit: A Real Person Paid to Dress like a Druid by Allison Meier / 18 Mar 2014

Orthodox Christianity, Nun, Russian Orthodox, Mystic

"John Bigg, the Dinton Hermit, baptized 22nd of April, 1629, buried 4th of April, 1696. He lived [..] in a cave, had been a man of tolerable wealth, was looked upon as a pretty good scholar, and of no contemptible parts. Upon the restoration he grew melancholy, betook himself to a recluse life, and lived by charity, but never asked for any thing but leather, which he would immediately nail to his clothes. He kept 3 bottles that hung to his girdle, viz. for strong and small beer, and milk…

"John Bigg, the Dinton Hermit, baptized 22nd of April, 1629, buried 4th of April, 1696. He lived [..] in a cave, had been a man of tolerable wealth, was looked upon as a pretty good scholar, and of no contemptible parts. Upon the restoration he grew melancholy, betook himself to a recluse life, and lived by charity, but never asked for any thing but leather, which he would immediately nail to his clothes. He kept 3 bottles that hung to his girdle, viz. for strong and small beer, and milk…

The Smithfield Decretals

The Smithfield Decretals - The sinful hermit is redeemed by the monk

Пећине Свете Горе и светитељи

Images from Philip Sherrard, Athos, the Holy Mountain. Photographs by Takis Zevoulakos. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, of Eremitism: Hermits - Features - Hermitary

Atelier van Gerrit Dou: biddende kluizenaar. ca. 1646-1675. Wallace Collection, Londen. Deze kopie mist de gedetailleerdheid van het origineel. Een zelfde onderwerp van Dou's kluizenaar is: Een kluizenaar in gebed. Het is 1 van de vele replica's naar het origineel van Dou uit 1646 in de Alte Pinakothek in Munich.

A Hermit at Prayer Painting Originally Painted by Gerrit Dou

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