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.

Date:

c. 1490

Artist:

Martin Schongauer
German, c. 1450-1491

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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Artist

Martin Schongauer

Title

The Lion of Saint Mark

Origin

Germany

Date

1485–1495

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

90 x 88 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1944.169

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