UNKNOWN MASTER, German
(active 1230s century)

Triumphal Cross ensemble

c. 1235
Wood
Schlosskirche, Wechselburg

Of the numerous Triumphal Cross ensembles of the German Middle Ages, only a few survive. The ensemble in the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) in Wechselburg, Saxony is a direct successor of the Halberstadt ensemble. It was mounted on a choir screen that was altered in the late 17th century.

In this ensemble the crucified Christ is portrayed still alive and with his eyes open. Shown with the crown of thorns, he turns to the Virgin at the moment of death.