Christmas with my family has always included a lot of festive Renaissance music (Pleasures of the Court = best holiday album ever, no competition), and since it’s only relatively recently been upgraded from records as most of the albums became available on itunes the records are still packed with our decorations. I saw this one today and decided to look up the artist of these really nice illustrations, Gitta Mallasz, and it turns out she’s pretty well known, but not for her art—
But just like Schindler, she also had the courage during the Second World War to hide and to save from the Nazi repression around a hundred Jewish women and children in a war factory which she directed near Budapest.
However, an event which occurred on the 25th of June was to change the course of her life. Under sword and fire, in the heart of Europe, Gitta and three of her friends decided to install their graphic design and publicity headquarters in Budaliget, a small village in the country. … From then on and for a period of seventeen months, astonishing dialogues with what they called their inner Master, were held on a regular basis. … These messages were recorded word by word by Gitta Mallasz, the sole survivor of this experience, in little notebooks. By then, her three friends had perished in concentration camp. However, she managed to save and publish these writings in French under the title Talking with Angels.
And that seems to be only a fraction of all the impressive things she did in her lifetime. Her book/spiritual influence are easy to find but I’ve only seen a couple other of her illustrations (too bad for me since her style is very charming, these ones reminded me of Emily Carroll’s work).