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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4 thoughts on “Medieval Artists Were Really Bad At Drawing Lions”

  1. 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. 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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