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The Lion of Saint Mark

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.


c. 1490


Martin Schongauer
German, c. 1430/50-1491

About this artwork

Martin Schongauer’s roundel of a winged lion is part of a set of engravings of the symbols of the four Evangelists: Matthew (eagle), Mark (lion), Luke (ox), and John (angel). Here Saint Mark’s haloed, noble beast stands at attention, emitting a stately roar. A banderole weaves between its legs in empty folds; this scroll was included so that the engraving’s owner could inscribe it with the story of Christ’s life and resurrection, as Mark described in his Gospel.


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Martin Schongauer


The Lion of Saint Mark


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1485–1495


Engraving on paper


9 × 8.8 cm (3 9/16 × 3 1/2 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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