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

This page (6 recto) from a 15th century Responsorial from the convent of Wienhausen depicts scenes from the Easter story. From the bottom to top of the page are depicted: the three Mary's before Christ's tomb, Christ with the Virgin Mary, and the Arisen Christ emerging from his tomb.

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 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

Three scenes related to the Easter story are depicted on this page. At the bottom appear the three Mary's and angels before Christ's tomb. The words they speak are taken from the liturgical enactment of the Visitation of the tomb (Visitatio sepulchri). The angels query: "Whom do you seek women?" (Quem quaeritis mulieres) and the women respond: "We seek the crucified Jesus Christ" (Ihesum Nazarum crucifixum quaerimus). The scene in the middle of the page depicts Christ with the Virgin Mary. Christ greets her with the words: "Greetings my most beloved (sweetest) mother" (Salve dulcissima mater mea). She responds: "Behold. Your face shall reveal the second light." (Redde tuam faciem videat ut secunda lumen). The image at the top of the page depicts the Arisen Christ emerging from his tomb. The iconography of this image, created by the nuns of this community, recalls the iconography based on the convent's statue of the Arisen Christ, which appears in numerous media throughout the ages within the convent. (See Related Works). He emerges from the tomb with one leg in the foreground. Three sleeping guards are depicted in front of the tomb. Christ holds a banner; on his left appears a single angel. The text band states: "To me is given all power in you" (Data est mihi omnis potestas in te).

Current Repository


Repository Number
Handschrift 29
Photo Credit
Kloster Wienhausen

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

Image of Wienhausen, Wienhausen Responsorial.