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|The Artists of Bruges: a talk by the Bishop of St Albans at St Faith's|
Following the Parish trip earlier in the summer, on Wednesday 17th September Bishop Christopher visited St Faith’s to give a talk on the Artists of Bruges. This was also Christopher Herbert’s last visit to the Hitchin Deanery as Bishop of St Albans, before his retirement later in the year.
the evening, Bishop Christopher gave a fascinating insight into the
learnt that Phillip the Good, the Duke of Burgundy set up Court in
The emergence of great masterpieces and
triptychs (church art works
painted on three panels) came about when those of great wealth and
wanted to reflect their status and prominence in
Bishop Christopher referred to great artists of the time, such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling and Rogier van der Wyden. He showed us some slides of paintings such as St Luke Drawing the Virgin’s Portrait by Hans Memling and the Virgin and Child with Canon Van der Paele by Jan van Eyck. Others included a study of a young girl (identity unknown) and a portrait of a woman deep in thought – again identity was unknown – however, they reflected the fashion of the time in Bruges (hair scraped back from the face with a translucent veil and cap) and the detail in the paintings make them quite outstanding.
During the break we enjoyed a marvelous cake that Joy Hukin had made to mark the Bishop’s retirement (seen here with Bishop Christopher and Charmaine Sabey-Corkindale).
there was a session for questions and answers before it was time for
Christopher to return to
This was a fascinating evening of culture, fellowship and an opportunity for the Hitchin Deanery to mark Bishop Christopher’s retirement and wish him well for the future.
We were also
reminded of our time in
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