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Chichester Cathedral

(South Sussex)



Photo: Lawrence Williams


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The Countess of Arundel turns towards her husband, Richard Fizalan (the 13th Earl who died in 1376) and holds his hand - a rarely found tomb expression of medieval knightly bonding (though his body language is not very promising)

Nearby, the late 1200s tomb of Joan de Vere, daughter of the Earl of Oxford, has very lite Spanish style (painted) bass reliefs of mourners (aka weepers) on one side (below) - the earliest known example of this in England.






Lovers of the Romanesque should come here just to see this early 1100s bas-relief panel and its companion nearby.  They were discovered in the early 1800s and this one portrays the raising of Lazarus at Bethany.  The panel nearby portrays Jesus arriving at Bethany and being greeted by Lazarus' sisters - Mary Magdalene and Martha.  Lazarus eventually ended up in the basilica bearing his name (and that of Gislebertus) in Autun in Burgundy.


These panels are the only Romanesque relief art we have seen in Britain to compare with the Emmaus panel in Santo Domingo de Silos in Northern Spain, and the Trumeau Statue of Jeremiah in Moissac in SW France, themselves widely regarded as the best around.  Tragic then that the protective glass or plastic sheets in front of the panels are highly reflective - we eventually gave up on trying to photograph the other panel because of this problem.  Better protective technology must be available!  A couple of (presumably glassless) postcards are shown lower down. 




This head of Jesus is in the same A team peer group as the Emmaus relief at Santo Domingo de Silos and the figure of the Prophet Jeremiah at Moissac.




The grateful Lazarus




The grave digger




Jesus greeted by Martha and Mary Magdalene (sisters of Lazarus) on arrival at Bethany (postcard)




Raising of Lazarus at Bethany (postcard)




A Mozart Moment - Composing a flute and harp concerto.




Devils dance and spectators do upside-down.




That's almost a Green Man in the top left, but the performers are interested in something lower down......



There are several other interesting misericords including an acrobatic pair of lovers (image 07)



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