Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Christ as the heavenly bridegroom
ID
 
381
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Christ as the heavenly bridegroom
 
Subject
 

This scene, located at the east end of the north wall of the nuns' choir at Wienhausen, depicts Christ as the heavenly bridegroom, surrounded by the wise virgins.

 
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, 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 done to these paintings in the nineteenth century.

 
Descriptive Notes
 

The image of Christ as the heavenly bridegroom surrounded by wise virgins who have recevied the crown of life, recalled the spiritual trend of bridal mysticism, in which the relationship between Christ and the soul is depicted in bridal terms. This image likely portrayed the nuns' aspiration towards closeness with Christ. It may also have resonated with their image of themselves as "brides of Christ."

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Christ as the heavenly bridegroom.