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The Lion and the Wisdom—The Multiple Meanings of the Lion as One of the Keys for Deciphering Vittore Carpaccio’s Meditation on the Passion

Independent Scholar, Yehud 5624209, Israel
Religions 2019, 10(5), 344; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10050344
Received: 29 March 2019 / Revised: 15 May 2019 / Accepted: 15 May 2019 / Published: 27 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Animals and World Religions)
The current paper will concentrate on the lion featured in Vittore Carpaccio’s Meditation on the Passion. The multiple meanings of the lion in primary sources will serve as a key towards demonstrating the concept of prophecy, one of the multi-level meanings referring to all three figures featured in the painting—Job, Christ and St. Jerome. To this, an interpretation not discussed hitherto with reference to the Meditation will be added—the lion as alluding to the concept of wisdom as referred to in the book of Job. Furthermore, the lion and the wisdom will be discussed as an allusion to the self-image of Venice during the period in which the painting was executed, and thus add another, social and civic, reading. View Full-Text
Keywords: Vittore Carpaccio; Meditation on the Passion; animal symbolism; Job in Venetian Art; iconography of Job Vittore Carpaccio; Meditation on the Passion; animal symbolism; Job in Venetian Art; iconography of Job
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Moscovich, A. The Lion and the Wisdom—The Multiple Meanings of the Lion as One of the Keys for Deciphering Vittore Carpaccio’s Meditation on the Passion. Religions 2019, 10, 344.

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Moscovich A. The Lion and the Wisdom—The Multiple Meanings of the Lion as One of the Keys for Deciphering Vittore Carpaccio’s Meditation on the Passion. Religions. 2019; 10(5):344.

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Moscovich, Atara. 2019. "The Lion and the Wisdom—The Multiple Meanings of the Lion as One of the Keys for Deciphering Vittore Carpaccio’s Meditation on the Passion" Religions 10, no. 5: 344.

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