MADONNA IN THE ROSE BOWER TAPESTRY
This tapestry, which can be found on the left hand wall at the entrance to the Apse, was worked by Mrs Helen Campbell between 1964 and 1967, and was given to Brixworth church in 1968. It is a copy of an oil painting by Stefan Lochner, 1448
Mrs Campbell worked three other fine pictures of this kind, which were designed for her by the Royal College of Needlework. One is in the Parish Church of Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire. It depicts our Lady and the Christ Child, surrounded by four Saints with their appropriate animals, in a rural setting. The other two are in the Wyley Chapel in Coventry Cathedral and are of the Nativity and the Epiphany. All have striking representations of Mary and the child Jesus and are remarkable for their fineness of stitching, especially in Mary's cloak. There are 324 stitches to the square inch.
Stefan Lochner lived in Germany between 1410 and 1451, working mainly in Cologne. He is considered a late Gothic painter. His work usually has a clean appearance, combining the Gothic attention toward long flowing lines with brilliant colours and a Flemish influence of realism and attention to detail.This painting of the Madonna is considered typical of his style. It was executed about 1450 and shows the Virgin and Child reposing in a blooming rose arbor that is attended by Lochner's characteristic child angels.
The original painting can be seen in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne.
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