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, 31 March 2013

He is Risen! Alleluia!

The Resurrection of Christ 

 El Greco

Image: raindeocampo

The Resurrection is an event without precedent or parallel, and difficult for artists to depict satisfactorily without producing a stage-like effect. However I think El Greco's blend of Mannerism and Greek sprituality with traditional Catholic forms does convey more successfully the dynamic force of what must have been the reality - realism is not enough for such a, literally, earth shattering and earth changing event.

A holy and joyful Easter to you all   

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