SK9771 : Christ the Good Shepherd

taken 8 years ago, near to Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Christ the Good Shepherd
Christ the Good Shepherd
Christ as the Good Shepherd amongst mortal shepherds in the St.Blaise Chapel of St.Mary's Cathedral. Duncan Grantís model for Christ as the Good Shepherd was his lover Paul Roche, handsome and beardless, unlike traditional depictions of Christ.
Duncan Grant murals
Duncan Grant (1885-1978) from Scottish aristocratic roots, was an influential artist of the early 20th century, conscientious objector in the First World War and member of the Bloomsbury Group, whose attitudes towards feminism, pacifism and sexuality brought them great notoriety. Though homosexual, he had a daughter, Angelica, by his 40-year largely platonic relationship with Vanessa Bell (sister of Virginia Woolf), and several notable lovers including Bloomsbury set fellows, the economist John Maynard Keynes and writer David Garnett. His later life was spent with another Bloomsbury associate, poet and translator of the classics, Paul Roche.
The mural paintings in The Russell Chantry, St.Blaise Chapel in St.Maryís Cathedral are dedicated to St.Blaise, patron Saint of wool workers and depict a fanciful quayside scene in 15th century Lincoln. They were painted in 1958, when Grant was in his early seventies and were embroiled in controversy from the start. His initial designs were amended and his open homosexuality and history as a conscientious objector were frowned upon in the early post-war years. The Chapel was kept locked from around 1964 to 1977 when the first colour Cathedral guidebook made no mention of the murals and it continued to be locked and used as a storeroom with cupboards against the walls covering the murals until 1990. Some people objected to the near nudity of the figure of Christ, modelled on Grantís homosexual lover Paul Roche and athletic young porters loading bales of wool on the quayside. Even today, some Cathedral guides omit the St.Blaise Chapel and Grantís marvellous murals from their tour.
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Monday, 15 February, 2010   (more nearby)
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Monday, 27 December, 2010
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Mural   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 978 718 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:14.0593N 0:32.1367W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 978 718
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