Wienhausen, Mirror of Mankind's Salvation embroidery
ID
 
365
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Creator
 
nuns of Wienhausen
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, Mirror of Mankind's Salvation embroidery
 
Subject
 

This large embroidery depicts the history of mankind's salvation in terms of the juxtaposition of scenes from the Old and New Testament. It was based on the work known as the "Speculum humanae salvationis."

 
Century
 
15th
 
Work Type
 
website
 
Format Medium
 

wool and linen; embroidery in colored wool in the convent stitch on a linen backing

 
Original Location
 

Wienhausen

 
Related Work
  
Descriptive Notes
 

The nuns of Wienhausen produced this large embroidery in the fifteenth century. Because of the dye used for the black yarn, the details of the faces (which used black) have disappeared. (The dye ate away the thread). Only the facial features for Christ, which must have been covered to preserve it, have survived. The heraldic shield for Bavaria appears at the top of the image. Only half of the embroidery is shown here. Kloster Wienhausen: Die Bildteppiche.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, Mirror of Mankind's Salvation embroidery.