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, 15 July 2016

St Bonaventure

Gordon Plumb drew the attention of readers of the Medieval Religion discussion group to an mage of St Bonaventure which is in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Detail of Virgin and Child Enthroned with Franciscan and other saints by Vittore Crivelli (1465-1501/2), painted circa 1489, and which can be seen at

Here is another image of the saint  - who was nominated to the see of York but declined it - and also  by Vittore Crivelli, which will copy and download:

Vittore Crivelli - Saint Bonaventure.jpg


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