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.


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

St Stephen by Rubens


Today is the feast of St Stephen the protomartyr. I posted about him, his cult and some of his depictions in art, with appropriate links, last year in St Stephen.
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This year here is another depiction of his death - again very much in the most dramatic Baroque style:

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The Martyrdom of St Stephen

Peter Paul Rubens
1616/17
Musee des Beaux Arts, Valenciennes

Image: fr.wikipedia



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