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.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

St Anne

Today is the feast of St Anne and St Joachim, the parents of the Bleesed Virgin Mary.

Devotion to them, and especially to St Anne, developed in the later middle ages, as in this wooden figure of c.1500 from Mainz. It was originally polychromed, and traces of that remain.


The Holy Kindred
St Anne with the Virgin Mary and Our Lord

Photo: Genevra Kornbluth www.kornbluthphoto.com/Saints1.html

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