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.

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Coronation of the Virgin

Today is the feast of the Coronation of the Virgin, being the Octave day of the Assumption.

Over the centuries many artists have painted commissions of this wonderful and joyful image. Here, to mark the feast is a somewhat less well-known one, by a less well known Spanish artist, of whom little is known beyond his years and places of birth and death.

Juan Luis Zambrano
Coronation of the Virgin (1630s)

The Coronation of the Virgin

Juan Luis Zambrano 1600-1639


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