The Temptations of Solitude
‘. . . images of dreams, visions and long-remembered places, in a landscape of grief and renewal. ’  MICHAEL TOOBY,  Director,  National Museum Wales,    
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Grave Dug by Beasts   Lives of the Hermits - Tuscan School

Tuscan School,  Scenes from the Lives of the Hermits
15C - fragment - 34 x 44 cms
Reproduced by permission of the
Governing Body of Christ Church, Oxford
Grave Dug by Beasts   
  Barbarian Brought Down
Comfort of Angels Celibate Couple Persued
Comfort of Angels Celibate Couple
Man Who Lived in a Tree
In the collection of Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford are nine fragments of a Tuscan altarpiece depicting the Lives of the Desert Fathers, painted by an unknown artist in the mid fifteenth century. The panels were a visual narrative, a Biblia Pauperum, with which to teach the stories of the medieval church. In the early nineteenth century they were cut up and dispersed. All of the fragments have been identified, in collections at the Kunsthaus in Z├╝rich, Yale University, and the National Gallery of Scotland. The group at Christ Church is the largest.
Righteous man Surpised by the Devil
Man Who Lived in a Tree
Clive Hicks-Jenkins has made a contemporary response to the Christ Church fragments in the form of a sequence of eight paintings titled The Temptations of Solitude, and a series of associated studies. Just as the original artist depicted the desert as the Tuscan landscape familiar to him, Clive Hicks-Jenkins has set his paintings in his own time and place, drawing imagery from the landscapes and buildings of post-industrial Wales. The stories of men who entered the wilderness in search of enlightenment and the mortification of the flesh are the inspiration for a spiritual, personal and poetic dialogue over more than five centuries.
Righteous Man
Penitent Roasted by the SunBeating of the falsley Accused
Roasted in the Sun
Falsley Accused