With Christ in limbo
The Rothenburg Passion
Where? In the cloister in room 4
What? 12 pictures from the year 1494 show the passion of Jesus Christ. Once the pictures were placed on the rood screen next to the altar of the Franciscan church and were addressed to the non clergy. They were addressed to the laity as a kind of picture story, which the rood screen separated from the clergy. Thus they were used as a didactic medium for that part of the population that did not know Latin and could not understand the mass.
What is worth a closer look? The Rothenburg Passion in the RothenburgMuseum is one of the last painted rood screen cycles, since rood screens were abolished after the Council of Trent in 1563. Generally rarely depicted is the episode of Jesus in limbo after his crucifixion – in the Rothenburg Passion it is illustrated on one of the panels.