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, 7 December 2011

St Ambrose

In my post St Ambrose in Milan last year I looked at what St Ambrose may have looked like, and what he looks like now. This year I thought I would share this early fourteenth century view of him, simply because it is a beautiful painting.


From the cycle by Simone Martini of 1313-18 in St Martin Chapel in the Lower Church at Assisi. A detail from the Dream of St Ambrose as depicted by Simone Martini

Image: yet-another-fashion-blog

Of course it could be a comment on so many synodical and such like meetings.

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