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.

Sunday, 6 January 2013


A Joyful Epiphany to you all


The Adoration of the Magi

Gentile da Fabriano c 1370- c.1427

The figure between the donkey and the third king has been identified as the artist. The figure with the hawk has been identified as Palla Strozzi, who commissioned the painting.


Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Image: webhook.com

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