Wienhausen, nuns' choir, detail of Christ in the garden
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Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
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Wienhausen, nuns' choir, detail of Christ in the garden

Scenes from the murals on the ceiling of the nuns' choir at Wienhausen. The scene on the right-hand side of the image portrays Christ mistaken for the gardener announcing his resurrection to Mary Magdalene. The scene of the left portrays Christ greeting his apostles after his resurrection.

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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, it shares similarities with the late Romanesque paintings in the cathedral of Braunschweig, and it is likely that the artisans came from a workshop in Braunschweig. It may equally have been influenced by artistic trends emerging from England. Kloster Wienhausen: Die Wandmalereien im Nonnenchor. In 1488 the paintings were restored by three nuns under the direction of the Abbess Susanna Potstock, although this reference may refer to paintings in the chapel dedicated to All Saints and not the choir. Restoration of the paintings was also undertaken in the nineteenth century.

Descriptive Notes

These scenes depict Christ's resurrection, witnessed first by Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene mistakes Christ for a gardener, hence his depiction with a shovel in the image on the right-hand side of the photo. The image located on the left-hand side of the photo depicts the resurrected Christ greeting his apostles, Peter and John.

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Photo Credit
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

Image of Wienhausen, nuns' choir, detail of Christ in the garden.