A lion in the way

The Lion embodies the absolute King, an infinite power rooted in history and time. Although being a nocturnal creature, it has often been related with the Sun, and has become a symbol in many cultures.

So shake your wild manes and roar through this WAMD-curated selection, opened by the Lion of St. Mark.

Snow Lion (Painted panel of Character Dragon)Korean Joseon dynasty

The Lady and the Unicorn. À Mon Seul Désir Unknown (c. 1480 – 1500)
Whilts the other five tapestries refer to the five senses (smell, sight, hearing, touch and taste), the sixth one recieves these mysterious words. Does it refer to a special, inner sense? Do humans and animals share all the regular senses but are we the only species with a sense for material possessions?

LionAlbrecht Dürer (1521)
Dürer was one of the first artists to consider animals as a subject worthy of attention for paintings and watercolors.

The Sleeping GypsyHenri Rousseau (1897)
A lion passes by a mandolin player, smelling her sweet dreams.

Una and the LionBriton Rivière (1880)
It depicts the princess Una, from the poem The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, and her loyal companion, majestic and elegant.

HomesicknessRené Magritte (1940)
During the terrible World War II, even a lion of the Surrealist period yearn for home.

Sleeping LionJoan Miró (1975)
A reclining animal in bright and primary colours. Sure.

A Lion in ParisBeatrice Alemagna (2006)
Paris is always a good idea! A delightful story and illustrations through the city on the Seine.

Lion ― Ulla Thynell
From Finland, one of the cutests and most whimsical illustrations around.

Close-up of the Lion Woman of Asit MayorDamien Hirst (2017)
As guardians and protectors from a supposedly sunk kingdom, the two magnificent creatures are covered with barnacles, coral, marine debris and post-truth imaginary.
‘Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable’ was exposed at Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy.

The Lion ― Andreu Matallana
Tattoo artists have also been captivated by the magic figure of this animal. Chek it out!

Winged lion ― Okuda
Colourful and geometric patterns found in Arcugnano, Italy.

Darcy in his wild version ― Half of WAMD.

‘The creation of freedom for oneself and a sacred “No” even to duty — for that, my brothers, the lion is needed.’

F. Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathurstra.

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