Easter Day – St Giles Oxford

Welcome everyone to a very sunny Easter in lockdown. I thought a modern painting might be appropriate. I have always recommended to people to see The Menorah if they are visiting Oxford.

Didcot, Easter, St Giles, Oxford, crucifixion, Oxfordshire
Roger Wagner, Menorah 1993, St Giles, Oxford (on permanent loan from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

Roger Wagner, like Giotto seven hundred years earlier, chose to represent this most Christian of images using contemporary language. The cooling towers, which are no longer there, represent the old Jewish menorah; the backdrop for the crucifixion scene, in the foreground the people wander in the wasteland searching for their spirituality from the desolate man made scene, soon to be revealed in all its glory.

St Giles Church north of the City Centre is the location for this highly evocative painting. So when we are through this current crisis and if you visit Oxford, take a little time out to visit this interesting church.

St Giles, Roger Wagner, welbeck Colliery, Didcot
The Lady Chapel, St Giles, Oxford

Didcot has a special place for me and the miners of Nottinghamshire. While Underground Manager at Welbeck Colliery we had a contract for the power station in the 1980s,which we fulfilled against the threat of foreign coal for many years.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ted says:

    we used to see the cooling towers from as far away as Combe Hill near Wendover and they were very visibe when walking the Ridgeway, so great to see this picture.


    1. Didcot was like Marmite – loved it our hated it. But everyone misses it!


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