The lion that was desperate

The painting portrays the four evangelists with their symbols: Matthew with the angel, Mark with the lion, Luke with the ox, and John with the eagle, receiving the divine inspiration to compose their gospels.

All well and good, but what about that poor lion silently begging to be rescued…?

Abraham Bloemaert || The Four Evangelists, ca. 1612–15 – oil on canvas

Enjoying the collection at Princeton University Art Museum

February 15th, 2020

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