We were thrilled recently to host an exclusive talk on the historically significant collection of art, sculpture, and religious iconography housed at Campion Hall. The collection's storied past was expertly presented and explained by Regius Chair of Humanity at the University of Aberdeen Professor Jane Stevenson, an expert in Renaissance and early modern literature and history. Her book "Edward Burra: Twentieth Century Eye" (2007) did much to restore the reputation of one of Britain's most individual modern painters and her extensive study of the non-modernist arts in the Britain of the 1920s and 1930s "Baroque Between the Wars" is currently in press with OUP.
From Eric Gill to Palma Vecchio, Massys to Mahoney and Cigoli; representing Flemish, Florentine, Spanish, Sienese, South American, and other schools--the eclectic collection at Campion Hall is a veritable treasure trove in Oxford and revelas the rich history of Catholics in Oxford. Past Campion Master Fr. Martin D'Arcy's pivotal role in assembling this collection was also examined in the course of this illustrated talk. Speaking to an audience of roughly thirty--including University members, friends of the Hall, Jesuit alumni in Oxford, and members of the Hall community--Prof. Stevenson made the case that D'Arcy's collection at Campion is both artistically formidable and historically interesting. By buying strategically, drawing on the support of friends and benefactors, and keeping at all times the broader mission of Campion Hall firmly in mind, the former Master was able to assemble an ecclectic and deeply effective collection of art.