Advent Sunday begins with biblical images of the end times.
Here we see "the Son of Man with a golden crown and a sharp sickle in his hand. The picture is borrowed from our Old Testament lesson in Joel, but which is also present in the ‘little apocalypse’ in the gospels where Jesus says that when the powers in the heavens are shaken, all will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with power and great glory, who will send out his angels to gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of earth to the ends of heaven (Mk 13.25-27).
A meditation from St Cuthbert.
About the Artist
Spencer-Stanhope was one of the most important followers of Edward Burne-Jones. He was a member of the group of artists which worked on the Oxford Union murals. Today, the Union murals are in poor condition because the paint surface was not prepared properly by another member, Dante Rossetti.
Stanthorpe's style owes a lot to Burnes-Jones who was first associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. Religious subjects were included in their portfolios, but not exclusively. Overall they were an "irreligious" group who represented the angst of their time and had a profound influence on art culture.
Stanhope was in love with the Tuscan landscape and with Florentine art, and spent the latter part of his life in Florence. His niece was the painter Evelyn De Morgan - who often traveled to stay with him in Florence. " ArtMagick Gallery
Wardrobe close-ups of early painting by Burnes-Jones (yellowed with lacquer).
The chest is located in England. Click to enlarge:
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