Wienhausen, altar cloth
ID
 
373
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Creator
 
the nuns of Wienhausen
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, altar cloth
 
Subject
 

This altar cloth depicts scenes from the Passion of Christ. Displayed here are the scenes in the center of the altar cloth, which depict Christ's crucifixion and burial.

 
Century
 
14th
 
Style Genre
 
Gothic
 
Work Type
 
website
 
Format Medium
 

linen and wool; woolen embroidery on a linen backing

 
Original Location
 

Wienhausen

 
Historical Context
 

This scene of Christ's crucifixion, in which he embraces a disciple, is reminiscent of the convent's window of Christ crucified with the virtues, which also portrays the crucified Christ in a similar affective pose.

 
Related Work
  
Descriptive Notes
 

This is an example of the white work embroidery, opus teutonicum, for which this region was famous. However, this altar cloth was not done strictly with white thread; it also used brown, gray, and yellow. The Jewish persecutors of Christ are depicted in the pointed caps typical for medieval Jews in Germany.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Kloster Wienhausen
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, altar cloth.