David Clayton’s “Way of Beauty”

Wall painting of "Avarice", Saint Cadoc’s Church, Llancarfan
Wall painting of “Avarice”, Saint Cadoc’s Church, Llancarfan

We find that WordPress is a vibrant and active hosting site filled with wonderful people and blogs. We are constantly stimulated by the material here, among them a long-admired site, David Clayton’s The Way of Beauty, or via pulchritudinis. This is a site full of erudite and thought-provoking work and I’m sure that the students at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire are lucky to have him as a professor.

He just published an article on 15th century paintings discovered in a small Welsh church, Saint Cadoc’s in Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. The article describes how restorers working on the site noticed that a patch of 27 layers of whitewash fell off the wall, revealing the painting underneath. This find is another reminder that the churches of the medieval period were covered in imagery and full of color.

There is a permanent link to his Clayton’s site on our Blogroll to the right.

6 thoughts on “David Clayton’s “Way of Beauty”

  1. It makes me wonder what other treasures are hiding behind whitewash, especially in places where the Reformation hit hard. Do you know of any other major finds recently uncovered like this?

    1. Nathan, near Poitiers is the town of Vivonne, which houses the church Église Saint George, a Romanesque church from the 11th century. About ten years ago, a routine maintenance revealed frescoes beneath thick layers of whitewash. This church is most famous for being the site of Ravaillac’s Dream, which resulted in the assassination of Henri IV. I am sure that there are others, as well.

  2. H Dennis, thanks for sharing this wonderful blogof this lovely discovery. Is it possible the paintings were simply covered over because as years passed they faded and chipped and no one had the skills to repaint? just a thought. We travelled to St Fagan’s this summer, and were able to see the paintings that were found and restored in the St. Teilo’s Church. http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/1240/
    quite stunning to see in person.

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