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, 28 August 2020

St Augustine and St John the Baptist

Today is the Feast of St Augustine of Hippo and tomorrow that of the Decollation of St John the Baptist. It is therefore an eminently appropriate day upon which to share an image of this painting of the two saints who are shown together with a donor.

Aelbrecht Bouts (c.1455-1549) - St. Augustine and St. John the Baptist with a donor. Part 1

                      Image: en.gallerix.ru

Dated to the period 1490-1500 the painting is the work of the Flemish artist Aelbrecht Bouts. In addition to his paintings he should perhaps be noted for his longevity - born circa 1452-5 he died in 1549. There is a short biography of him and a list of where his works may be seen today at Aelbrecht Bouts


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