Inspired by the figure of an Eagle from the book of Kells, the most lavishly decorated of a series of gospel manuscripts produced in Ireland between the 7th and 9th centuries. The Eagle is the symbol of St. John the evangelist. The origin of this symbolism lies in the prophecies of Ezekiel who described winged figures of a man, a lion, a calf and an eagle which represent the 4 stages of Christ's life: birth, death, resurrection and ascension. These became identified with the evangelists so that in representing the evangelists they were also representing Christ.
This little image has been a steady seller for me through the years, featuring on on cards and gift items and even enlarged to banner size in the window of the well known Past Times stores. This is a unique chance to own the original painting!
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