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.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Beheading of St John the Baptist in popular medieval art

There are many images of the death of St John the Baptist - some of which I have posted in previous years. From his photo-archive Gordon Plumb has posted on the Medieval Religion discussion group some images in stained glass and one mural painting of the beheading of St John the Baptist:

Rouen Cathedral, Bay 53, early 13thC.:

Bourges, Cathédrale St Étienne, Bay 20, c.1210-15:

Wickhambreux, St Andrew, Kent, south aisle, east window, very late 14thC.:
and detail:

York Minster, nXXII, (glass originally in St John the Evangelist Micklegate):

Gresford, All Saints, Trevor Chapel, East window, 3a, c.1498:

and amongst surviving wall paintings there is

Pickering, St Peter and St Paul, south nave arcade, wall painting, 15thC.:

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