Wienhausen, Responsorial detail, coronation of Mary
Original Country
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
nuns of Wienhausen
Sorting Title
Wienhausen, Responsorial detail, coronation of Mary

This illumination (found on page 18 verso) from the Wienhausen Responsorial portrays the coronation of Mary by Christ.

Creation Date
post 1476
Style Genre
late Gothic
Work Type
Format Medium

pigment and gold on vellum; illumination

Original Location


Historical Context

This Responsorial was created after the convent's internal reform, circa 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). Figürliche Buchmalereien in den spätmittelalterlichen Handschriften der Lüneburger Frauenklöster.

Descriptive Notes

This illumination graces the page on which the responses sung on the feast of the Virgin's assumption appear. The text band reads: "Today the Virgin Mary ascended into heaven" (Hodie Maria virgo celos ascendit). This depiction of the coronation of the Virgin Mary by Christ portrays both figures seated together on a bench. Christ raises his right hand in blessing, while Mary clasps hers in prayer towards Christ. Christ's wound is clearly depicted with a stream of red blood. At the bottom of the page appears a small illumination of a Cistercian nun with a rosary engaged in prayer to the Virgin Mary (not pictured here).

Current Repository


Repository Number
Handschrift 29
Photo Credit
Kloster Wienhausen

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

Image of Wienhausen, Responsorial detail, coronation of Mary.