Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Arisen Christ
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Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
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Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Arisen Christ

This detail from the ceiling of the nuns' choir at Wienhausen portrays the Arisen Christ. The sleeping guard on the left bears the heraldic shield of the city of L√ľneburg. Christ's banner reads "My glory arises" (Exurge gloria mea).

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Historical Context

The nuns' choir at Wienhausen was constructed circa 1330 and painted circa 1335. It is one of the few early Gothic painted interiors to survive. Artistically, the painting shows similarities with the murals in the cathedral at Braunschweig, and the artisans may have come from a workshop in Braunschweig. The paintings may also have been influenced by trends originating in England. Kloster Wienhausen: Die Wandmalereien im Nonnenchor. In 1488 the paintings were restored by three nuns under the direction of the Abbess Susanna Potstock. Restoration work was also undertaken in the nineteenth century.

Descriptive Notes

The Arisen Christ is portrayed in this painting with the iconographical motifs that became standard within the convent, i.e. with one leg emerging from the tomb, surrounded on either side by angels and below with three sleeping guards, with a staff and right hand raised in blessing. This image of the Arisen Christ was repreated in numerous media, in particular it mirrors Wienhausen, Arisen Christ (statue). (See related works)

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Photo Credit
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

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