Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of the Egyptians drowning in the red sea
ID
 
383
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of the Egyptians drowning in the red sea
 
Subject
 

This scene from the north wall of the nuns' choir at Wienhausen depicts the Egyptians drowning in the red sea in pursuit of the fleeing Israelites.

 
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
 

Like the scenes from the Old Testament depicted in the convent's Wienhausen, Mirror of Mankind's Salvation embroidery, these Old Testament scenes prefigure the story of Christ. In this case, the drowning of the Egyptians in the red sea symbolizes how man's sins are drowned in the waters of baptism. Kloster Wienhausen: Die Wandmalereien im Nonnenchor. All the figures are portrayed in modern dress. The Egyptians wear the armor of medieval knights, while the Isrealites wear the pointed hats of medieval German Jews.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
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