Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Christ bearing the cross
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Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
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Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Christ bearing the cross

This detail from the ceiling of the nuns' choir at Wienhausen depicts Christ bearing the cross on the road to Calvary.

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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 undertaken in the nineteenth century.

Descriptive Notes

In this scene the Jews wear the pointed caps common for German Jews in the medieval period. They are portrayed similarly in an altar cloth from Wienhausen. See Wienhausen, altar cloth The close association between Mary and Christ and their affectionate relationship, illustrated elsewhere (such as Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Christ prepared for burial), is depicted in this scene as well. Mary stands to the right of Christ, helping him bear the weight of the cross. This close identification between Mary and Christ may have held particular significance for the nuns of Wienhausen.

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Photo Credit
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

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