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, 4 March 2021

Wall paintings at Augsburg Cathedral

Recently there was a report in The Art Newspaper about the examination and conservation at Augsburg Cathedral in Bavaria of the remains of some wall paintings. Uncovered in the 1930s but little regarded they depicted the story of St John the Baptist. The work that has now been completed has shown them to be about the earliest surviving such paintings north of the Alps. Until recently the rebuilding of the cathedral was dated to 1043-1065, but examination of surviving timber has indicated a date of the year 1000, and that the transept in which they are situated dates from the rebuilding at the expense of the Empress Adelaide after the 994 collapse of the western apse. 

There is much striking later medieval work at the east end and new windows were to be inserted at the west which wrecked the earlier paintings. The cathedral has a basilican plan with an apse and choir at both east and west ends. Amongst other treasures the oldest stained glass in Germany is to be seen in the south clerestory.

The Art Newspaper article can be read at Bavarian frescoes are confirmed to be among the oldest

The Wikipedia account of the cathedral is at Augsburg Cathedral

Augsburg Cathedral

Augsburg Cathedral from the south west showing the western transept and apse.

Image: PlanetWare

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