York Minster Paintings

 

York Minster Paintings by Janice Lyall, Myndblue Gallery

 

Paintings of York Minster by artist Janice Lyall. Prints and cards are available in the online store.

Inspiration to the paintings

 

The impressive, gothic building was designed to be full of light and colour on the inside.

The intended culture was to be of Remembrance, Celebration and Prayer, which is still evident today.

 

The path from the Great West Doors  through to the East echoes the story of Salvation.

It is a vast, high space in which the visitor is enticed to look upwards, thus lifting the eyes in hope and wonderment and the expectation of better things to come.

 

The exterior of the building is designed to impress and also to raise heads of any passer-by. Close up, there are numerous gargoyles and statues to gaze at. Further away,  travellers can see vast amounts of intricate spires.

 

It is difficult to travel to York and walk along the delightful, cobbled streets without ones attention being swayed towards York Minster. Try it!

 

 
York Minster behind the branches - Copyright.JPG

York Minster behind the branches - Copyright.JPG

When standing close to the front of York Minster, look up through the trees and its just possible to catch sight of the tall towers. Mixed media painting of York Minster by Janice Lyall

York Minster towering over the chimney pots

York Minster towering over the chimney pots

When viewing York City from outside the wall, it may seem that York Minster stands on a hill, as it towers over the chimney pots. It doesn't, it is so tall! Watercolour painting of York Minster by Janice Lyall

York Minster settling down for the evening - Copyright.JPG

York Minster settling down for the evening - Copyright.JPG

The throng of visitors have gone home for the day and York Minster settles down for a tranquil evening. Watercolour painting of York Minster by Janice Lyall

York Minster Icing Cake Entrance

York Minster Icing Cake Entrance

Bright sunlight catching on the intricate stonework around one of the many entrances. The carving is so delicate, it reminds me of royal icing on a tiered cake. Watercolour Painting by Janice Lyall

York Minster 'Dramatic'

York Minster 'Dramatic'

Looking upwards whilst standing in front of York Minster. A word springs to mind 'Dramatic' Acrylic painting on cardboard by Janice Lyall

York Treasurer's House

York Treasurer's House

Stone walls, cobbled streets and arched entrances to delightful gardens. This one leads to the Treasurer's House, now looked after by the National Trust. Enjoy your visit! Watercolour painting by Janice Lyall

York Minster Protecting the City

York Minster Protecting the City

One of the many delights of York is to experience the higgledy streets, such as the Shambles, which are nestled beneath the mighty towers of York Minster. Mixed media painting by Janice Lyall

York - the Outer Wall

York - the Outer Wall

The steep sides of York Wall were designed to keep out foe. Now they are a welcome site to visitors. Who has walked that wall over the centuries? I have. History in the making! Watercolour painting of York by Janice Lyall

York Minster Creamy Stonework

York Minster Creamy Stonework

The colour of the stonework is a soft, creamy colour, full of dizzy gentleness. Mixed media painting by Janice Lyall

Walking along York City Wall - Copyright.jpg

Walking along York City Wall - Copyright.jpg

Thankfully, York City Wall still exists and walking upon it, around the City is wonderful. Watercolour painting of York City Wall and York Minster by Janice Lyall

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Coming soon! More paintings of York Minster by Janice Lyall

Brief History of York Minster:

 

A 'Minster' is the Anglo Saxon name for a missionary church. The official name for York Minster is the 'Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York'.

It is an Anglican Cathedral and the largest medieval, Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

It's origins as a place of worship can be traced back to Roman Times:

  • 71 AD The Roman City of Eboracum was founded

  • 306 AD Emperor Constantine built the Basilica which can still be seen in the Undercroft

  • 1080 AD Archbishop Thomas of Bayeux starts to build a stone cathedral  on the site of the Roman Basilica

  • 1472 AD York Minster was consecrated

  • today a huge stone and glass window restoration project is underway

 

 

 

It costs around £x each day to keep York Minster open to visitors.