Medieval Artists Were Really Bad At Drawing Lions

While medieval artists excelled at painting religious scenes and portraits of royalty, lions offered an altogether different challenge. It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a real lion.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

Medieval lion art.

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  1. mono monono January 29, 2021

    Of course. Even nowadays no one tries to stand in front of a lion to make a painting.

    “Stupid lion, I said smile, not lick your lips!”

  2. Jeff January 29, 2021

    I love the first one

  3. Busybody February 2, 2021

    Some of these are manticores, not lions!

  4. Anonymous November 11, 2021

    At least one of these drawings actually depicts a pard, a nonexistent animal (falsely) believed to be the parent of a leopard. Leopards were incorrectly believed to be a sterile F1 hybrid (like a mule) of a pard and lion until the 18th century

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