Wienhausen Responsorial, detail Christ as the Heavenly Bridegroom
ID
 
393
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Creator
 
the nuns of Wienhausen
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen Responsorial, detail Christ as the Heavenly Bridegroom
 
Subject
 

This illumination (found on page 21 recto) of the Wienhausen Responsorial depicts Christ enthroned as the Heavenly Bridegroom. He is surrounded by angels and female figures wearing crowns (perhaps the nuns of Wienhausen).

 
Creation Date
 
post 1476
 
Century
 
15th
 
Style Genre
 
late Gothic
 
Work Type
 
dissertation/thesis
 
Format Medium
 

gold and pigment on vellum; illumination

 
Original Location
 

Wienhausen

 
Historical Context
 

This responsorial was created after the convent's internal reform in 1469. According to Uhde-Stahl, the late date of the manuscript (after 1476) but the iconographically earlier images indicates that the manuscript may have been produced by older nuns who adhered to older artistic styles (Uhde-Stahl, 50). See Figürliche Buchmalereien in den spätmittelalterlichen Handschriften der Lüneburger Frauenklöster.

 
Descriptive Notes
 

This illumination portrays Christ enthroned in the Heavenly Jerusalem. He is surrounded by angels, one of which appears on his right holding a church (perhaps Wienhausen). Christ is also surrounded by crowned female figures (perhaps the nuns of Wienhausen). Two female figures on either side of Christ represent abbesses with their croziers. The text band reads: "Come my blessed father, your kingdom is anticipated" (Venite benedicti patris mei percipite regnum), and "In the house of my father are many mansions" (In domo patris mei mansiones multe sunt).

 
Current Repository
 

Klosterarchiv,Wienhausen

 
Repository Number
 
Handschrift 29
 
Photo Credit
 
Kloster Wienhausen
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen Responsorial, detail Christ as the Heavenly Bridegroom.