Spanish; Made in Burgos, Castile–León
Fresco, mounted on canvas; 7 x 11 ft. (226.1 x 335.3 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1931 (31.38.1a)
This fresco depicting a lion with the face of a mustached man once adorned the walls of the chapter house of the monastery at San Pedro de Arlanza in northern Spain. It and a second lion flanked the entrance of a large room34 feet square with 12-foot ceilingscovered from floor to ceiling with paintings. The color scheme and background composition of the frescoes link it to Spanish manuscript illuminations of the time, such as the Cloisters' illustrated commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus of Lièbana (1991.232.3).