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More about the art of the Cathedral

Lambert Barnard
Marc Chagall Window
Marc Chagall Window
Wow it's magnificent. So much beautiful architecture and interesting things to see. (TripAdvisor)

Among features of particular interest are the Chichester Reliefs, two carved stone panels depicting part of the story of the raising of Lazarus. Dating from the early twelfth century, they are regarded as outstanding examples of pre-gothic sculpture, unique in English architecture. The choir stalls embody thirty eight misericords dating from around 1330, though much of the panelling and upper work of the stalls dates from nineteenth century restoration. Two Tudor paintings by Lambert Barnard and portraits of past bishops and the Kings and Queens of England enlighten the transepts: fragments of his ceiling paintings have also survived.

The cathedral treasury contains a fine collection of church plate, furnishings and vestments from many parishes in the diocese as well as the cathedral's own collection.  

The cathedral library was plundered during the Civil War. The present collection of books is based on bequests from generous donors from the Restoration onwards and contains interesting volumes from bishop Henry King's own collection.  

Among the many interesting monuments in the cathedral, including seven by John Flaxman, is the fourteenth century table tomb on which lie the effigies of Richard Fitzalan Earl of Arundel, and his second wife Eleanor holding hands. This is the tomb which inspired the poet Philip Larkin to write his poem, 'An Arundel Tomb'.

Chichester Cathedral and Modern Art

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