Wienhausen, S. Elizabeth embroidery
ID
 
367
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Creator
 
nuns of Wienhausen
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, S. Elizabeth embroidery
 
Subject
 

This embroidery depicts the life and miracles of S. Elizabeth of Hungary, beginning with the birth of Elizabeth on the left-hand side of the embroidery.

 
Creation Date
 
circa 1480
 
Century
 
15th
 
Style Genre
 
late Gothic
 
Work Type
 
website
 
Measurements
 
2.55 x 6.79 meters
 
Format Medium
 

wool and linen; woolen embroidery in the convent stitch on a linen backing

 
Original Location
 

Wienhausen

 
Historical Context
 

Elizabeth, a Hungarian princess, became the wife of Ludwig of Thuringia. She became an important model of lay sanctity in the later Middle Ages. She was revered in particular for her care of the poor and sick. See Kloster Wienhausen: Die Bildteppiche.

 
Related Work
 

continuation of the S. Elizabeth embroidery (right-hand portion); detail of E; Wienhausen, S. Elizabeth embroidery (continuation)Wienhausen, S. Elizabeth embroidery (detail)

 
Descriptive Notes
 

The embroidery depicting the life and miracles of S. Elizabeth of Hungary reflects the emphasis on pious deeds versus contemplation (after the model of S. Francis of Assisi) in late medieval spirituality. The portions of the embroidery depicted here begin in the top row from left to right with the birth of Elizabeth, the bathing of the newborn Elizabeth and her swaddling, and her bridal trip at age four. The bottom row depicts from left to right: Elizabeth allows herself to be scourged, the miracle of the roses, in which bread that Elizabeth wished to distribute to the poor turned into roses before her disapproving family, Elizabeth forced into her husband's bed, and Elizabeth washing the feet of the poor.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, S. Elizabeth embroidery.