Bernward’s Door: Presentation of Christ

Bronze doors, 1015, commissioned by Bishop Bernward for Saint Michael's, Hildesheim (Germany)

The presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple, with St. Simeon and the Virgin Mary. Detail of Bernward’s Door (Bernwardstüren) in Hildesheim Cathedral. The door was commissioned by Abbot Bernward in 1015 for St. Michael’s Church in Hildesheim. It depicts eight scenes from the Old Testament on the left (from top to bottom) and eight scenes from the New Testament on the right (from bottom to top).

Cite this page as: Beth Harris, "Bernward’s Door: Presentation of Christ," in Smarthistory, January 23, 2016, accessed May 25, 2018,