Wienhausen, S. Elizabeth embroidery (continuation)
Original Country
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
nuns of Wienhausen
Sorting Title
Wienhausen, S. Elizabeth embroidery (continuation)

This embroidery depicts the life and miracles of S. Elizabeth of Hungary, continuing on the right-hand side of the embroidery.

Creation Date
circa 1480
Style Genre
late Gothic
Work Type
2.55x 6.79 meters
Format Medium

wool and linen; woolen embroidery in convent stitch on a linen backing

Original Location


Historical Context

Elizabeth, a Hungarian princess, became the wife of Ludwig of Thuringia. She became an important model of lay sanctity in the later Middle Ages. She was revered in particular for her care of the poor and sick. See Kloster Wienhausen: Die Bildteppiche.

Related Work

Wienhausen, S. Ellizabeth embroidery; Wienhausen, S. Elizabeth embroidery

Descriptive Notes

The embroidery depicting the life and miracles of S. Elizabeth of Hungary reflects the emphasis on pious deeds versus contemplation (after the model of S. Francis of Assisi) in late medieval spirituality. The portions of the embroidery depicted here begin in the top row from left to right with the bridal trip of S. Elizabeth, Elizabeth in prayer before the altar, Elizabeth bathing a sick person, and the "crucifix miracle," in which Ludwig found a leper in his bed, who transformed into Christ. The scenes in the bottom row begin with Elizabeth washing the feet of a poor person, Elizabeth at the table, her gift of her cloak, the departure of her husband, Ludwig, to the crusades, Elisabeth's explusion from Wartburg castle, and Elizabeth being pushed into the water by a woman.

Current Repository


Photo Credit
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

Image of Wienhausen, S. Elizabeth embroidery (continuation).