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Arabic letters, and over it a purple cloak or gown. Our Lady has on a rich gold dress and blue mantle, and a veil on her head. On the sinister side of the cross are three figures. The foremost is the centurion, clad in a gorgeous green baudekin tunic, with a rich gold belt, represented by raised gesso work, tight lilac hose, and long pointed shoes. Over all he has a red mantle lined with minever and fastened on the right shoulder, and on his head is a red cap turned up with white fur. With his right hand the centurion points to the crucified Lord, and from his left proceeds a scroll inscribed: Vere filius dei erat iste. The two figures behind him are evidently Jews. One wears a long blue gabardine and red cap. Of the other only the head, surmounted by a green cap, is visible. All three men are bearded.

The fourth panel, representing the Resurrection, is fairly perfect (Plate V.). Our Lord is shewn as stepping out of the tomb on to one of the sleeping soldiers. He has a pinkish-purple robe with blue lining lightly cast about him, leaving the right shoulder and breast bare so as to show the wounded side, and on his head is a slender green crown of thorns. The hair and beard are of a light brown colour, and behind the head is a gold and jewelled nimbus. The right hand is raised in blessing, and in the left is held a long cross with green staff and gold and jewelled head, from which flies a white pennon charged with a red cross flory. The tomb, which is placed obliquely and coloured in imitation of alabaster, with a dull red lining, is moulded round the top, and has a chamfered plinth; the lid is not shewn. The sleeping guards are three in number. He upon whom our Lord is stepping is bent forward in an awkward attitude, with his face downwards, and is in complete armour, with pointed bascinet and camail, and a blue jupon. Next him is a second soldier sitting on the ground, with his head thrown back. He is armed in like manner, but is wearing a red jupon. Beside him on the ground are his sword and a small red target or round shield. The third soldier who is on the far side of the tomb, is sleeping in a sitting position. He wears a chapel-de-fer, and has a green cloak slung over his shoulders, hanging from beneath his camail; he holds a polease or glaive. In the background is a canopy or tester, painted red beneath and carried by four slender pillars. On the front of it are fixed two gold eagles (?) each with a shield slung round his neck. The shields are shewn in slight perspective with incurved tops, and are painted white with narrow red borders. The dexter one bears the cross, the crown of thorns, the nails and the scourges; the sinister, the pillar, the spear, and the reed with the sponge, on a field semée of red ermine spots to represent drops of blood.

The fifth picture, that of the Ascension, is also fairly perfect (Plate VI.), but the figure of our Lord is unfortunately mutilated by the loss of the uppermost board. He was shewn as a diminutive figure ascending into heaven with a golden cloud or pointed-oval aureole behind him, and clothed in a pink-purple robe lined with greenish-blue. This was so cast about him as to leave the legs and feet bare, and shew the print of the nails. Below the ascending Lord is a group of thirteen kneeling figures. The most prominent of them are two who face one another in the centre of the picture, and are clearly the Blessed Virgin and St. John. Our Lady is clothed in a rich red dress of cloth of gold, over which she wears a blue cloak. St. John has an undergarment of green cloth of gold with lettered stripes, as in the picture of the Crucifixion, and over that a long pink robe. Behind the Blessed Virgin is St. Peter

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PLATE VI.

THE ASCENSION. From a painted reredos in the C'athedral Church of Norwich.

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