Picture Quiz

Here are the pictures etc. from the e-bulletin


14. Not a painting this week, but a poem from Philip Larkin, whose centenary of birth is this year. But where is An Arundel Tomb? And who is commemorated there?

  1. Side by side, their faces blurred,
    The earl and countess lie in stone,
    Their proper habits vaguely shown
    As jointed armour, stiffened pleat,
    And that faint hint of the absurd -
    The little dogs under their feet.



  1. Such plainness of the pre-baroque
    Hardly involves the eye, until
    It meets his left-hand gauntlet, still
    Clasped empty in the other; and
    One sees, with a sharp tender shock,
    His hand withdrawn, holding her hand.
  1. They would not think to lie so long.
    Such faithfulness in effigy
    Was just a detail friends would see:
    A sculptor’s sweet commissioned grace
    Thrown off in helping to prolong
    The Latin names around the base.


  1. They would not guess how early in
    Their supine stationary voyage
    The air would change to soundless damage,
    Turn the old tenantry away;
    How soon succeeding eyes begin
    To look, not read. Rigidly they

  1. Persisted, linked through lengths and breadths
    Of time. Snow fell, undated. Light
    Each summer thronged the glass. A bright
    Litter of birdcalls strewed the same
    Bone-riddled ground. An up the paths
    The endless altered people came,



  1. Washing at their identity,
    Now, helpless in the hollow of
    An unarmorial age, a trough
    Of smoke in slow suspended skeins
    Above their scrap of history,
    Only an attitude remains:
  1. Time has transfigured them into
    Untruth. The stone fidelity
    They hardly meant has come to be
    Their final blazon, and to prove
    Our almost-instinct almost true:
    What will survive of us is love.



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13. This is a rather extraordinary painting, Samson and Delilah, was by Andrew Mantegna, around 1500.


10. Salvador Dali’s fabulous painting Christ of St John of the Cross, painted in 1951, is at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. Another reason, if one were needed, to visit this wonderful City!










11. This Turkish saint is remembered in lots of English churches, including King’s Lynn Minster, Westminster Abbey and one of our HON churches. Joan of Arc claimed to have spoken with her! She met a very unhappy end, being decapitated, but did once manage to defeat a dragon who swallowed her! A strange story, if rather incredible, but inspiring none-the-less.

 St Margaret of Antioch by Bartholomäus Zeitblom (1460-1519). Commissioned for the Kilchberg altar, it is in the collection of the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany.

Westminster Abbey is dedicated to St Margaret and is the parish church of the Houses of Parliament!

12. Titled The Transfiguration of Jesus (6th August in the Church’s calendar). It was created in 2004 by Armando Alemdar Ara, a contemporary Portuguese artist.











7. Norwich Cathedral floor-plan. One of the three great churches in our Diocese founded by Bishop Herbert de Losinga (Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn Minsters). De Losinga commissioned these buildings (and Norwich School) having been found guilty of simony and needing to make amends.

De Losinga died on 22nd July 1119 and was buried before the high altar of Norwich Cathedral.

8. The Coronation of the Virgin – was by Johann Rottenhammer, a German artist working in Italy, who specialised in religious and mythological subjects. It was painted in oil on copper. The figure who gazes out at the viewer is Cardinal Camillo Borghese, who went on to become Pope Paul V in 1605. He is thought to have commissioned the painting.


9. Mary Magdalene’s Box of Very Precious Ointment – was by James (Jaques) Tissot. He fought in the Franco-Prussian war, 1870-1871, which the French lost. Falling under suspicion as a ‘Communard’ – a group of radical working-class socialists – Tissot left Paris for London in 1871. A great number of Communards were executed.



4. Part of The story of David and Goliath, by Francesco Pesellino (1445-55). A fantastically detailed painting telling the story of King David. In the image we see David swinging his sling and taking aim at the armoured Goliath.



5. The preliminary sketch of Saint Paul preaching at Ephesus – was by Eustache Le Sueur. It was a pitch for a much larger version given to the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris by the city’s goldsmiths in 1649. The painting was displayed near the main door, so that passers-by could see it. It now hangs in the Louvre Museum.

6. A wall painting was an icon in Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Built in 537 as the patriarchal cathedral of the imperial capital of Constantinople, it was the largest Christian church of the Byzantine empire. It was converted into a mosque in 1453 (Ottoman Empire), spent some time as a museum during the 20th century and in 2020, it was reconverted into a mosque. It sits next to the Blue Mosque, constructed between 1609 and 1616.

1. The Coat of Many Colours (Jacob and Joseph’s Coat) by British artist Ford Madox Brown, painted 1864-66


2. Judith (or Salome), by Sabastiano del Piombo, 1510.




3. Saint John the Baptist, painted by Hans Memling around 1478. It was commissioned by Sir John Donne (soldier, courtier and diplomat) and forms part of The Donne Triptych.




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