Wienhausen, nuns' choir, detail of Christ in the garden
ID
 
398
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, nuns' choir, detail of Christ in the garden
 
Subject
 

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.

 
Creation Date
 
1330-1335
 
Century
 
14th
 
Style Genre
 
Gothic
 
Work Type
 
manuscript
 
Original Location
 

Wienhausen

 
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.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

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