Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of doubting Thomas
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Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
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Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of doubting Thomas

This scene from the ceiling of the nuns' choir at Wienhausen depicts doubting Thomas placing his hand in Christ's wound. Christ raises his right hand in blessing.

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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 done to these paintings in the nineteenth century.

Descriptive Notes

This scene highlights the significance of Christ's blood, a theme that was emphasized in the grape vines that filled in every space between the scenes depicted in the nuns' choir. This emphasis on Christ's blood reflected the most important relic held by the community, a drop of Christ's blood. A fifteenth century embroidery from the convent (Wienhausen, S. Thomas embroidery) depicted the legend of Saint Thomas and also included this scene.

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Photo Credit
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolgang Brandis

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