Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of a youthful Christ with Mary
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Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
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Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of a youthful Christ with Mary

This scene from the ceiling of the nuns' choir at Wienhausen depicts a youthful Christ led by the hand by Mary. Joseph stands on the right-hand side of the image.

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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 depiction of the youthful Christ being led by Mary by the hand also appears in the so-called "Christmas" antependium from Wienhausen Wienhausen, Christmas Antependium and in a small devotional image found beneath the floorboards of the nuns' choir Wienhausen, Devotional image depicting a youthful Christ with Mary. Such a close and affectionate relationship between Christ and Mary also appears in the scenes from the Passion of Christ at Wienhausen. See in particular, Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Christ prepared for burialWienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Christ bearing the crossWienhausen, Nun's choir (details of Christ's crucifixion).

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Photo Credit
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

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