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.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

St Luke

Today is the feast of St Luke the Evangelist and hence an excuse to post this painting of him by El Greco.

St Luke is shown as an artist with picture of the Virgin and Child. He is, of course, often claimed to be the painter of a portrait of Our Lady, and as the author of his Gospel is, of course, the creator of a portrait of her in words. This painting has graced the front of the recent edition of Magnificat.


St Luke
El Greco, circa 1605
Toledo Cathedral


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