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Only two out of these three skeletal figures remain and both are dilapidated and obscure now. They are certainly gruesome, and the figure at the right is still partly draped in his shroud, probably by deliberate contrast with the rich clothing of the living figures. The faintest trace of the third figure remains at the left, and there was probably also once a tree here, separating the living and dead groups.
In common with most of the paintings at Peakirk, a three-dimensional border surrounds the scene, As the booklet in the church points out, the painter has had some trouble with the corners of this frame when deciding how to handle the transition from the vertical (especially at the bottom right, above) to the lower horizontal. This determination to overcome the vexing perspectival problem by eye, in the absence of a mathematically-based technique, is found very frequently in the best painting of this period, even in remote provincial areas like Peakirk and Moulton St. Mary.
The Passion Cycle and the Warning Against Idle Gossip at Peakirk are also on the site.
|Alton, Staffordshire||Belchamp Walter, Essex||Belton, Suffolk||Charlwood, Surrey||Flamstead, Herts||Haddiscoe, Norfolk|
|Heydon, Norfolk||Lutterworth, Leicestershire NEW||Paston, Norfolk||Peakirk, Northants||Pickworth, Lincs||Raunds, Northants|
|Seething, Norfolk||Slapton, Northants||Swalcliffe, Oxfordshire||Tarrant Crawford, Dorset||Wensley, N. Yorks||Wickhampton, Norfolk|
© Anne Marshall 2000