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Monday June 26th 2017

Upcoming Events

Jul
9
Sun
10:00 am Teme Valley Market @ The Talbot at Knightwick
Teme Valley Market @ The Talbot at Knightwick
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Teme Valley Market this Sunday
Jul
29
Sat
10:30 am Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Jul 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Come and enjoy home made cakes and raise essential funds for needy charities, last Saturday morning of each month, 1030–noon.
Aug
13
Sun
10:00 am Teme Valley Market @ The Talbot at Knightwick
Teme Valley Market @ The Talbot at Knightwick
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Teme Valley Market this Sunday
Aug
26
Sat
10:30 am Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Coffee Mornings at Village Hall
Aug 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Come and enjoy home made cakes and raise essential funds for needy charities, last Saturday morning of each month, 1030–noon.
Sep
10
Sun
10:00 am Teme Valley Market @ The Talbot at Knightwick
Teme Valley Market @ The Talbot at Knightwick
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Teme Valley Market this Sunday

Wall Paintings

This fine running stag is one of several animals, real and fabulous, painted decoratively in the chancel at Martley and part of a general decorative scheme covering, unusually, most of the walls in the chancel. Quite possibly many chancels once had painting of a decorative, rather than a figurative kind, but chancel painting in general has an even lower survival rate than that painted elsewhere in the medieval church.

The hanging swag below the animal is part of an illusionistic curtain painted across the whole width of the east wall of the chancel, at a height approximately where the top of the high altar now is. This kind of trompe l’oeil painting was common enough in later periods, especially in Renaissance Italy, but it is very unusual to find it in an ordinary parish church of this period. This was made by a very highly-skilled painter indeed.

Below is more of the painting in the Martley chancel – a ‘Stoning and Roses’ pattern of unusual delicacy, with a stemmed flower in each illusionistic brick. The stems, an uncommon detail, show best at the top lefthand corner of the photograph, and the grasp of the principles of recession shown in the painting of the window splays, especially in the area above the glazing, is remarkable for its date.

The Stoning and Roses above is on the North Wall of the chancel at Martley and opposite it on the South Wall is a very interesting 14th century Annunciation showing the Virgin Mary with bare feet, another seldom-found detail. There are paintings in the nave as well, including one of St. Martin Dividing His Cloak, and I will include these as soon as I can. And the new Millenium Window at the west end of the church is an intriguing example of good modern church art.
© Anne Marshall 2000

‘M’ Monogram, Breamore, Hants

Censing Angels, painted background to statue:Brent Eleigh, Suffolk

‘Stoning & Roses’, East Wellow, Hants

Running Stag/‘Stoning & Roses’:Martley, Worcs

Moses with Ten Commandments, Stokesay, Shropshire

Web Link  www.paintedchurch.org/martlann.htm

 



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