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, 26 November 2015

A medieval painting rediscovered

Stephanie A. Mann at Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation has a very interesting post  about conservation work which has revealed arare surviving devotional panel from late medieval England. The work has been domn eby the Fitzwilliam Museum on a panel they acquired some years ago from Grafton Regis church in Northamptonshire. Her post is based around an article in The Guardian, and puts the painting in the context of how little survived the destructive urges of so -called "Reformers". Her post can be viewed at One of the 3%: A Painting that Survived the English Reformation

The Kiss of Judas

The Grafton Regis Panel

Image:  HKI Institute/The Fitzwilliam Museum, Image Library/Guardian

The panel may not be great art, but it is a valuable and precious insight into what decorated late medieval English churches, and to the devotion of which they were a part.


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