Sunday, December 24, 2017

South Newington, Oxfordshire

Christmas already

So it’s Christmas already. Since the last one I’ve written a book, Phantom Architecture (see right-hand column), done various editorial odd jobs, grubbed around several bits of England, visited the Czech Republic again, and posted about one hundred times on this blog. That’s (nearly!) enough from me for this year, then. So here’s an almost seasonal Madonna and Child, one of the wall paintings in the church of St Peter ad Vincula, South Newington, Oxfordshire.

Beneath an ornate cusped and crocketed 14th-century painted ogee arch, the Christ-Child reaches towards his mother with one hand while the other holds an apple. There’s just enough left of the painting to give one a sense of the artist’s strong line, his expressive but bony way with hands and fingers, his careful approach to drapery, his love of curvaceous ornament (both architectural and foliate), and what were probably his strong colours. The fragmentary nature of what’s left makes it, as so often with medieval English wall paintings, more moving not less.

I offer the image to my readers, with very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.


bazza said...

Thanks for another great year of Blogging Philip!
Seasons greeting to you and yours.
Best regards, Bazza

Sally Johnson said...

Your beautiful pictures and descriptions have enriched my 2017 ... thank you so much. I look forward to seeing more in 2018. Happy New Year to you and the family.

Joe Treasure said...

A lovely way to end the year of English Buildings. Thanks Phil. Happy New Year to you and your readers.

Eileen Wright said...

Such a lovely wall painting. And a very happy new year to you and your family, Philip. A great year of blog posts and I'm very much looking forward to another year. :)