St Mark

In his opening lines, St Mark describes a voice crying in the wilderness. He later emphasises the royal ancestors of Christ. His symbol is therefore a lion, since the lion is a creature of the open plains and the king of beasts.

St Mark is believed to have been the first bishop of Alexandria in Egypt. He died there but later his body was taken to Venice. The lion then became the symbol of the city.

  • Stained glass panel showing the lion of St Mark bottom left
  • Germany, about 1470-80
  • Museum no. 1184-1864
 
 

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