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.

Sunday 8 October 2023

Conserving the King Arthur Tapestry at The Met

Ancient Origins has a video about recent conservation work on the well-known late medieval tapestry of King Arthur which is held at The Cloisters collection of The Met.

The main figure from the King Arthur Tapestry

Image: Wikipedia 

The tapestry is one of what was originally a set of the Nine Worthies and thought to have been made about 1385 or 1400 in the southern Netherlands. King Arthur is shown in armour, clothing, heraldry and regalia of the late fourteenth century.

Five of the tapestries from the set are now in The Cloisters and are a reminder of how impressive  the interiors of royal and aristocratic residences could be when decorated with such textiles.

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