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.

Monday, 6 June 2022

Mary Mother of the Church

Today is the recently established feast of Mary Mother of the Church which is designed to reflect upon this title, formally assigned to Our Lady by Pope Paul VI during Vatican II.

The idea is not of course new and several late medieval artists created images of Mary as Mother of Mercy that can be seen to convey something of the same idea with Our Lady sheltering representative figures from the whole range of the faithful under her mantle. There is something about this iconography from Wikipedia at Virgin of Mercy

File:Enguerrand Quarton, La vierge de miséricorde de la famille Cadard (1452).jpg

The Virgin of Mercy  
Painted in 1452 by Enguerrand Quarton (1410-66)
Image: Wikimedia

There is an account of Enguerrand Quarton, who was born in the north of France but who worked principally in Avignon and Provence, and of his work, again from Wikipedia, at Enguerrand Quarton

Another of his paintings, that of the Coronation of the Virgin, painted for a Charterhouse and now on display in a museum in Avignon, and discussed in the account of him linked to above, and painted about the same time or a year later, also used the same imagery of the faithful gathered around Our Lady as she is crowned by the Holy Trinity:

The Coronation of the Virgin painted by Enguerrand Quarton 1452-3

Image: Wikipedia

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