Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.

I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop...
It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.


Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Last Supper at Issoire


Last November in I wrote in Colour in the medieval church - St Austremoine de Issoire about the spectacular and elaborate restored colour scheme of that Romanesque church at Issoire in the Auvergne. Although the tones of the pigments might be disputed it is possible by looking at the decoration of the basilica to imagine what other great churches looked like in the twelfth century and later.

I thought I would publish over the Triduum some of the capitals depicting the story of Easter. Here is the capital depicting the Last Supper.


R-33-63500-0000-19401 2678px x 4070px - 22.31 cm x 33.91 cm @ 300 ppp RGB

Images :romanes.com/Issoire

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