Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of the convent's founders
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Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
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Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of the convent's founders

This detail from the scenes of the Heavenly Jerusalem painted on the ceiling of the nuns' choir at Wienhausen portrays the convent's founders, Duchess Agnes of Landsberg-Meissen and her husband, Henry, duke of Saxony and count-palantine of the Rhine, and son of Henry the Lion. (They are located in the center). The first abbess of Wienhausen, Eveza, is portrayed to the left of the duke. Also portrayed are the provosts and other abbesses of the convent.

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Historical Context

The nuns' choir at Wienhausen was constructed circa 1330 and painted circa 1335. It is one of the few early Gothic painted interiors to survive. Artistically, the painting shows similarities with the murals in the cathedral at Braunschweig, and the artisans may have come from a workshop in Braunschweig. The paintings may also have been influenced by trends originating in England. Kloster Wienhausen: Die Wandmalereien im Nonnenchor. In 1488 the paintings were restored by three nuns under the direction of the Abbess Susanna Potstock. Restoration work was also undertaken in the nineteenth century.

Descriptive Notes

Abbess Eveza wears the typical head covering or crown of the nuns of Wienhausen, with its red cross on her forehead. Later images also depict such a head covering. See Wienhausen, Cistercian nun with Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim

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Photo Credit
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

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