Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of the three Marys at Christ's tomb
ID
 
375
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of the three Marys at Christ's tomb
 
Subject
 

This image from the ceiling of the nuns' choir at Wienhausen portrays the three Marys receiving the news of Christ's resurrection from the two angels at the tomb.

 
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
 

This image of the three Marys receiving the news of Christ's resurrection by the two angels at the tomb was particularly important in light of the community's practice of reenacting this scene in the Visitation of the Tomb (visitatio sepulchri) on Easter morning.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of the three Marys at Christ's tomb.