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The hortus conclusus appeared frequently within conventual art - a number of works representing the theme were made by the nuns themselves - where it was a reminder of the monastic vow of chastity and the nuns' obligation for cloistering.
For a discussion of the relationship of enclosure to the ground plan of the church, and for additional examples of the ways in which the physical spaces of the convent were modified in order to enforce cloistering, see Pearson, 1995, 179-200.