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Friday 25 October 2019 – The Painted Church: Medieval wall paintings in English cathedrals and churches

Lecturer: Roger Rosewell

Before the Reformation the walls of cathedrals and churches were lavishly painted with decorative patterns and figurative imagery depicting biblical stories, the miracles of Saints, Last Judgement themes, and a range of other subjects including Christian pieties and Warnings against sins and transgressions. This richly illustrated lecture explains the history of these paintings and their meaning, the subjects they showed, how they were painted and by whom. Style, inspirations, techniques and pigments are among the aspects discussed. It concludes with a description of modern conservation methods.