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The story of St Veronica’s handkerchief

Join our history curator on an audio tour exploring the significance of the Oak Room panels.

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As Jesus carried his cross on the way to his crucifixion a woman in the crowd assembled along the route gave her veil to Jesus wipe his brow. When he handed it back a miraculous image of his face had been left on it. The veil was later venerated as a religious relic. Here the veil is held by two angels who are completely feathered. Angels were often depicted with feathered costumes from 1400 in English art. It is believed that the practise developed from religious mystery plays where people playing angels wore feathered costumes to emphasise the power of flight.

Play the YouTube clip below to hear more about religion and the panels.

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