Wienhausen, Nuns' choir sacrifice of Jacob by Isaac
ID
 
386
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, Nuns' choir sacrifice of Jacob by Isaac
 
Subject
 

This scene from the nuns' choir at Wienhausen depicts Isaac prepared to sacrifice Jacob. This scene appears on the north wall above scenes of the martyrdom of female saints.

 
Creation Date
 
circa 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 scene of the sacrifice of Jacob by Isaac appears on the north wall above scenes depicting the martyrdom of female saints. 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, Jacob prefigures Christ, who later will provide the human sacrifice that will cleanse mankind's sin. Stylized depictions of grape vines, symbolic of the wine at Mass and Christ's blood, fill in the spaces between the different scenes and are quite clear in this image. No space in the nuns' choir was left undecorated, leading researchers to describe it as a "colorful skin." See Kloster Wienhausen: Die Wandmalereien im Nonnenchor.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, Nuns' choir sacrifice of Jacob by Isaac.