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winged: Matthew, lion: Mark, ox: Luke, eagle: John. center lamb of God: Christ. 9th century

The Book of Kells, c. 800 AD. This page contains the symbols of the Four Evangelists: a man (Matthew), a lion (Mark), an eagle (John) and an ox (Luke).

Four Evanglists in Book of Kells - Matthew(Human = humanity), Mark (Lion=resurrection), Luke (Ox=sacrifice), and John (Eagle=spirit).

Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second gospel account is symbolized by a winged lion – a figure of courage and monarchy. Mark has John the Baptist preaching "like a lion roaring" at the beginning of his Gospel.

The Evangelist Mark with his symbol, the lion, 1594, Luke the Cypriot; Walters Manuscript 2.535, fol. 272 v. (Walters Museum)

Plaque with the Symbol of the Evangelist John, Conques, France circa 1100 - copper: cut and gilt; champlevé and cloisonné enamel: black, lapis and lavender blue, turquoise, green, red, white, pinkish white.

Plaque with the Symbol of the Evangelist Mark Date: ca. 1100 Geography: Made in, Conques, France Culture: French Medium: Copper: cut and gilt; champlevé and cloisonné enamel: black, lapis and lavender blue, turquoise, green, red, white, pinkish white. Dimensions: Overall: 4 x 2 7/16 x 1/8in. (10.1 x 6.2 x 0.3cm) Accession Number: 17.190.426 Metropolitan Museum of Art

Plaque with the Symbol of the Evangelist Luke Date: ca. 1100 Geography: Made in, Conques, France Culture: French Medium: Copper: cut and gilt; champlevé and cloisonné enamel: black, lapis and lavender blue, turquoise, green, red, white, pinkish white, semi-translucent wine red. Dimensions: Overall: 4 x 2 7/16 x 1/8in. (10.1 x 6.2 x 0.3cm) Classification: Enamels Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 Accession Number: 17.190.428

St Mark The Evangilist Icon painted in egg-tempera on wood prepared with linen and gesso. Subject: St Mark seated in front of a stylised architectural setting, his gospel and writing desk by his right knee; above his head in a hemisphere is the symbol of the evangelist, the eagle with a book in its claws.

The Eagle of St. John the Evangelist - Andrei Rublev