Wienhausen Responsorial, detail Christ as the Heavenly Bridegroom
Original Country
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
the nuns of Wienhausen
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Wienhausen Responsorial, detail Christ as the Heavenly Bridegroom

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
Style Genre
late Gothic
Work Type
Format Medium

gold and pigment on vellum; illumination

Original Location


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


Repository Number
Handschrift 29
Photo Credit
Kloster Wienhausen

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

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