Wienhausen, Arisen Christ (stained glass)
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Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
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Wienhausen, Arisen Christ (stained glass)

This stained glass panel, one of five in the upper level of the south cloister, depicts the figure of the Arisen Christ, emerging from his tomb.

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Historical Context

These stained glass windows date from the fourteenth century. Money for these windows were donated by lay patrons, as indicated in the convent's necrology. The diamond shaped windows, such as this one, were located along the upper level cloister in the south wing, above matching pointed windows, each with stained glass tops and presumably with wooden shutters below. The windows were taken to the glass workshop of Henning & Andres in Hannover in 1894 for restauration and reconstruction and returned to the cloister with the advice of Conrad Wilhelm Hase. This removal and rennovation effort, however, makes it impossible to know if the windows were returned to their original context and order within the cloister. In their current order, they run from west to east: the entrance of Christ in Jerusalem, the last supper, the crucifixion, Christ prepared for burial, Christ in Hell, the Resurrection, Christ and Mary in the garden, and the apostles Peter and Paul. This narrative flow, however, is broken by two glass panels with apostles and three with figures of saintly abbots, among them Benedict of Nursia and Bernard of Clairvaux.

Descriptive Notes

Ulf-Dietrich Korn ascribes these stained glass windows to three different workshops. The panel depicting the Arisen Christ probably came from the same workshop as the Crucifixion and the Noli me tangere scene of Mary and Christ in the Garden. See Kloster Wienhausen: Die Glasmalereien Christ emerges in a fully frontal pose from the tomb, with his right hand raised in blessing. Two angels surround him on either side, while two sleeping watchers lie below the tomb. This depiction may recall the convent's statue of the Arisen Christ. (See Related Works)

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Photo Credit
June Mecham

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

Image of Wienhausen, Arisen Christ (stained glass).