Lion

Date: after 1200

Geography: Made in Burgos, Castile-León, Spain

Culture: Spanish

Medium: Fresco, mounted on canvas

Dimensions: Overall: 10 ft. 11 in. x 11 ft. (332.7 x 335.3 cm)
Overall (top panel): 83 x 132 in. (210.8 x 335.3 cm)
Overall (lower panel): 48 x 132 in. (121.9 x 335.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings-Fresco

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1931

Accession Number: 31.38.1a, b

Description

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 Alanza in northern Spain. It and a second lion flanked the entrance of a large room—34 feet square with 12-foot ceilings—covered 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).

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