St Luke

The symbol of St Luke is a winged ox. The ox was a sacrificial animal and the second chapter of St Luke's Gospel refers to a sacrifice.

The Bible says that Luke was a 'physician', but he was also believed to have been a painter. He is therefore the patron saint of both doctors and painters, and is sometimes shown making a portrait of the Virgin.

  • Altar cross showing the ox of St Luke on the right
  • Italy, about 1350
  • Museum no. M.8-1951
 
 

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