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.


Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Beheading of St John the Baptist in popular medieval art


There are many images of the death of St John the Baptist - some of which I have posted in previous years. From his photo-archive Gordon Plumb has posted on the Medieval Religion discussion group some images in stained glass and one mural painting of the beheading of St John the Baptist:

Rouen Cathedral, Bay 53, early 13thC.:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/15081555403

Bourges, Cathédrale St Étienne, Bay 20, c.1210-15:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/4279131415

Wickhambreux, St Andrew, Kent, south aisle, east window, very late 14thC.:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/3894491654
and detail:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/3894495614

York Minster, nXXII, (glass originally in St John the Evangelist Micklegate):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/3217764487

Gresford, All Saints, Trevor Chapel, East window, 3a, c.1498:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/15236211207

and amongst surviving wall paintings there is

Pickering, St Peter and St Paul, south nave arcade, wall painting, 15thC.:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/9578703780





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