Books: The Chapel of Trinity College Oxford 1691-94, by Martin Kemp. 'A Sacred Theatre of the Senses'

September 3, 2015

Above: Detail of the reredos screen of Trinity College Chapel by Gringling Gibbons, carved in limewood.

 

 

Trinity College Chapel, one of the most beautiful of the Oxford college chapels, is the subject of a book which we highly recommend.

 

Written by Dr Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Oxford University and Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, The Chapel of Trinity College Oxford is a comprehensive and ground-breaking study of the art, history and architectural development of this Baroque masterpiece, dating from 1691.

 

A superbly illustrated work of exemplary scholarship permeated throughout with a deep affection for its subject, The Chapel of Trinity College Oxford is a must read for anyone interested in the art and history of this quietly confident gem of Baroque architecture in Oxford. A gem whose interior carvings by Gringling Gibbons, among other wonders, retain the power to spark a sense of wonder and awe at the technical and artistic genius displayed.

 

 

The Chapel of Trinity College Oxford 1691-94, by Martin Kemp. Photographs by Tim Rawle. Published by Scala Arts and Heritage Publishers, Ltd., 2013

 

Paperback available from the Porters’ Lodge at Trinity College and elsewhere in Oxford.

 

 

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