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The tempting serpent EMM01/01/042 Featured Medieval Art and Sculpture Image

The tempting serpent EMM01/01/042

Wells Cathedral, Somerset. Watercolour, by Elsie Matley Moore, of a 14th century stained glass window at Wells Cathedral, depicting the tempting serpent. A handwritten note on the painting reads: The tempting serpent, which is unusually well preserved. Its body and the trunk of the tree round which it twines are mainly of old glass. The blue of the body is here and there slightly stained with yellow, which gives it a delicate green tint. Two pieces of the body have been renewed, and the blue of these is of a purplish hue: this is the more strange as the new blue in the rest of the window is of an admirable hue, from The Very Reverend J Armitage Robinson, 1942

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Crucifixion EMM01/01/046 Featured Medieval Art and Sculpture Image

Crucifixion EMM01/01/046

St Mary The Virgin's Church, Westwood, Wiltshire. Two joined watercolours, by Elsie Matley Moore, covering the upper and lower part of a stained glass window showing a Crucifixion scene. A handwritten note on the index card for this painting reads: A variant of the Lily Crucifixions which were popular in the mid to late 15th century. The idea of the Cross springing from the Lily of the Anunciation is entirely English, and only 9 examples are now known. The underlying thought is to link together the whole earthly life of our Lord as one redemptive act. 1940-1945

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Bust corbel UXC01_01_01_0042_08 Featured Medieval Art and Sculpture Image

Bust corbel UXC01_01_01_0042_08

St Mary The Virgins Church, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire. Detailed view of a bust corbel, possibly the base of a crocketed image niche, showing a man with beard and coat appearing to lean out of the wall. Photographed by Ursula Clark between 1955 and 1980

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