50+ Photos of Lions in European Art and Heraldry

on July 5th, 2011

So I spent most of May and a good part of June travelling Europe with my husband – it was a wonderful, wonderful vacation: we ate our way through loads of good food; we drank too much and walked 10-12 hours a day. We visited Paris, London, Florence, Rome and finally my city of birth, Bucharest. We came back thin, exhausted, enthralled and with some 3000+ photographs, which I’ll now have to sort out. Only fair, I took most of them. New camera. Couldn’t help myself.

Anyways, while making full use of my new zoom lens I took more than 100 photos of lions, all around Europe. I don’t think I ever appreciated how important the lion is in the art and heraldry of Europe until I started noticing it everywhere.

It became a game of “spot the lion” wherever we went (and spot the cool type, and spot the urban art – the results of those in future posts), from the famous Medici lions, to Florence’s Marzocco , the three lions of the British royal family and countless apparitions in paintings, ornamentation and sculptures everywhere. Including on a XVth century map. As a side note, the cartographers of the Middle Ages used “Hic sunt leones” (latin for “Here be lions”) to mark unexplored territories).

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Florence

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Paris

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London

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