Wienhausen, Nun's choir (details of Christ's crucifixion)
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Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
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Wienhausen, Nun's choir (details of Christ's crucifixion)

These three scenes from the ceiling paintings in the nuns' choir at Wienhausen portray Christ's crucifixion (bottom right), Christ's deposition from the cross (center top), and the preparation of Christ for burial (bottom left). In all three scenes, the figure of Mary stands in close association with Christ. She stands beneath the cross with John in the Crucifixion and embraces the figure of Christ during his deposition and in the burial scene.

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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. In the nineteenth century, further restoration work was undertaken.

Descriptive Notes

Images from the ceiling of the nuns' choir were replicated in small devotional images created by the nuns of Wienhausen, such as Wienhausen, Christ prepared for burial (devotional image). Christ's crucifixion, deposition, and burial were also portrayed in an altar cloth created by the nuns of Wienhausen, Wienhausen, altar cloth. The emphasis on the close association and tender relationship between Mary and Christ, depicted in these three scenes may have held special significance for the nuns of Wienhausen.

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Photo Credit
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

Image of Wienhausen, Nun's choir (details of Christ's crucifixion).