This beautiful painting of St. Mark the Evangelist originates from Germany. He is accompanied by a Lion. The background is Gold, decorated with wonderful Gothic Decorations. The Painting is a very representative example of the German Nazarene time (Local Gothic Revival). It is painted on hard wood and dates back to the second half of the 19th century. Most likely it was part of an Altar, there are still some antique wood pegs in the panel (barley noticeable). This depiction of Mark the Evangelist would make a wonderful decoration in every room and wood be a lovely present for everybody called Marc, Mark, Marcus, Markus, Marco, Marcel, Marcello and more - since all these names come from the name Mark.
The Painting is good condition. It has a beautiful patina and comes un-restored with its original color. Please note - there is a small paint chip in the lower center and at the lions head. On the right there is an age related crack in the wood, but the panel is absolutely sturdy (Please see pictures)
It is 26 Inch tall, 14 1/2 Inch wide and 3/4 inch deep.
About Luke the Evangelist:
Mark the Evangelist is one of the Four Evangelists—the four authors of canonical Gospels of Jesus Christ. Mark is said to have founded the Church of Alexandria, one of the most important episcopal sees of Early Christianity. His feast day is celebrated on April 25, and his symbol is the lion. In Christian tradition, Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second gospel is symbolized by a lion – a figure of courage and monarchy. Some Christian legends refer to Saint Mark as "Saint Mark The Lionhearted". These legends say that he was thrown to the Lions and the animals refused to attack or eat him. Instead the Lions slept at his feet, while he petted them. When the Romans saw this, they released him impressed by this sight.
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