Today I colorized a Book of Kells lion begun last month. Accurately reproducing the art of ancient scribes is a great pleasure for me, bringing it to life in skin. This winged lion is vibrant and fanciful, and expands the collection of a man whose appreciation of Celtic and Pictish art is leading him to acquire personal embellishment with historic significance.
Page 27-verso of the magnificent Book of Kells features the animals of the evangelists, including this wonderful depiction of the winged lion of Saint Mark. In a time when the magical realms were a part of religious life, these symbols brought faith to life.