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?The Gathering of the Apostles for the Funeral of the Virgin, Cold Overton, Leicestershire (Leicester?C.13

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Gathering of the Apostles for the funeral of the Virgin, Cold Overton (195KB)The church was built in around 1230, and seems to have been painted shortly after larger windows were inserted towards the end of the 13th century. A few of these paintings survive, and one of St. Catherine is already on this site. The identification of the subject is EW Tristram’s, and if he is right, this is a very rare survival indeed.

The brief discussion on the page for this subject at Broughton, where there are also wall paintings of scenes (also very fragmentary, alas) from the end of the Virgin’s life will give some background detail about the circumstances of this apocryphal story about her death There seems to be a full complement of Apostles here, six on either side and facing each other in attitudes of prayer. I cannot identify any individuals, and the appearance of what might be taken for a gold diadem on one of the figures in the lefthand group is simply damage where flaking plaster has allowed an older, more yellowed layer to show through. The Apostles are all barefoot and some carry objects that are probably meant to be books.

It is impossible to disagree with Tristram that ‘the workmanship is unskilled’¹ here, but reductive as this sounds, it should not be allowed to detract from the fact that (if his identification is correct) this is a vanishingly rare survival of the subject.

¹ Tristram 11, p.532

Other paintings of the Life of the Virgin, with links
St. Anne teaching the Virgin to read, Corby Glen, Lincs St. Anne & Virgin/Miracles of Virgin, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks Annunciation/Visitation, Ashampstead, Berkshire Annunciation, Barnby, Suffolk
Annunciation, Chalgrove, Oxon. Annunciation, Little Melton, Norfolk Annunciation, Gisleham, Suffolk Annunciation, Slapton, Northants
Annunciation, Sth. Newington, Oxfordshire Annunciation, Tarrant Crawford, Dorset Annunciation, Martley, Worcestershire Annunciation/Visitation, Faversham, Kent
Annunciation/Visitation/Nativity, Newton Green, Suffolk Annunciation/Visitation, Pinvin, Worcs Annunciation-Fring, Norfolk Visitation, Dale Abbey, Derbys
Visitation, Salisbury (S.Thomas), Wilts. The Burial of the Virgin, Pickering, N.Yorks NEW Death, Burial & Coronation of the Virgin, Sutton Bingham, Somerset Coronation of the Virgin, Black Bourton, Oxon
Background to Statue, with painted angels, Brent Eleigh, Suffolk Virgin Enthroned, with angels, Arundel, Sussex Virgin Enthroned, with donors, Cawston, Norfolk Life of the Virgin, Broughton, Oxon.
Virgin & Child, with wand and apple, South Newington, Oxford Virgin & Child, with sceptre & orb(?), Wickhamford, Worcs. Virgin suckling the Christ Child, Beckley, Oxon. Virgin suckling the Christ Child, Belchamp Walter, Essex
Death, Burial, Assumption & Coronation of the Virgin, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire The Gathering of the Apostles for the funeral of the Virgin, Cold Overton, Leicestershire NEW Virgin intervening at the Weighing of Souls, Lathbury, Buckinghamshire The Annunciation/St Anne teaching the Virgin to read, Chapel of Our Lady of Bradwell, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire NEW
Virgin & child enthroned/With SS Margaret, Catherine & Mary Magdalene, Little Wenham, Suffolk NEW

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