The ceiling of the Sheldonian is so impressive. I love this excerpt from Wikipedia about the building, which is based on the Theatre of Marcellus:
‘Like any Mediterranean theatre of that time, the Theatre of Marcellus had no roof: the audience relied on a temporary awning for inclement weather. But 17th century Oxford was not ancient Rome, and the Theatre needed a permanent roof.’
Truth. I also believe the painting is based on a party held in Christ Church a few weeks ago…
Mandela fought against apartheid for decades, spent twenty-seven years in prison for his work, and was eventually elected President of South Africa in 1994. In 1993 he and F.W. de Klerk received the Nobel Peace Prize “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”.