Medieval painting of William of York, St Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire, June 2020
This is one of several medieval paintings whose worn remains can still be seen on the walls of St Albans Cathedral.
They had been long hidden beneath whitewash which was applied liberally after the Dissolution of the Abbey, and they were only rediscovered in 1835. The image shown here dates to around 1308 and depicts William of York. It stands close to the Shrine of St Alban and still has visibly distinct details and vivid colours, with pigments of lapis lazuli, malachite and even hints of gold.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 5 July 2020
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