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, 14 April 2017

Good Friday

The second and third of these images I also posted last year to mark Good Friday and I am doing so again as I think them amongst the most profound amomgst so many depictions over the centuries.


The Descent from the Cross
Rogier van der Weyden  circa 1435

Prado Madrid



 The Lamentation 
  Hugo van der Goes circa 1470

Joseph of Arimathea (behind Jesus) and Nicodemus (at Jesus' left) 
 Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

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Image: Breviary.net

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