Wienhausen, Madonna with Christ child
ID
 
355
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, Madonna with Christ child
 
Subject
 

This sculpture depict the Virgin Mary with the Christ child. The Virgin may have held a scepter in her right hand originally.

 
Creation Date
 
circa 1280/90
 
Century
 
13th
 
Measurements
 
80.5 x 29.5 x 26 (Mary); total height 89 cm
 
Format Medium
 

oak

 
Original Location
 

Wienhausen

 
Historical Context
 

This sculpture of the Madonna with Child was created in the thirteenth century. It may have been created by the same L√ľneburg workshop as Wienhausen, Arisen Christ (statue). Originally, the virgin would have worn a crown. Wear on the sculpture's head suggests that different crowns may have been alternated during the liturgical year and that Mary may have also worn some type of veil. The statue may have also been dressed in different robes during the liturgical year, such as Wienhausen, robe for statueWienhausen, robe for statue. The hair of both figures was gilded originally and has been renewed at least once.

 
Related Work
 

Same workshop; belonging to the convent of Wienhausen; robes; Wienhausen, Arisen Christ (statue)Wienhausen, robe for statueWienhausen, robe for statue

 
Descriptive Notes
 

The Virgin is seated on a throne, which remains only partially in tact. She holds the Christ child on her lap. The sculpture depicts an affectionate relationship between mother and child. The Christ child places one hand on the Virgin's chest and holds an orb in the other. A precious stone originally was attached to his breast. No relics were kept in this figure. Like the statue of the Arisen Christ, this figure may have been used in processions. Damage from heat also suggests that candles burned before the figure.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, Madonna with Christ child.