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.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Icons at Christ Church

The new exhibition at the Christ Church Picture Gallery here in Oxford is Sacred Faces - Icons in Oxford. It brings together icons from both Greece and Russia from the early sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century from the Christ Church collection and from that of the Ashmolean. In addition there is some handsome mid-seventeenth century Russian silver altar plate, now owned by St Barnabas church in Oxford, on display.

The exhibition is on until December 22nd.

The Gallery is open 10.30 -5 Monday to Saturday and 2-5 on Sundays until the end of September. From October to December the opening hours are 10.30-1 and 2-4.30 on weekdays, and 2-4.30 on Sundays. Admission is £3 (£2 for concessions), and half price if you ghave paid to go round the college. Oxford students and alumni, and members of the Art Fund and similar organisations are admitted free.

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