Medieval Artists Were Terrible At Drawing Lions

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While medieval artists excelled at painting portraits of royalty and religious scenes, lions offered an altogether different challenge. We’re pretty sure that medieval painters never laid eyes on a real lion.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

Medieval artists were terrible at drawing lions.

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  1. Hey now! One or two of those are actually close.
    Some not so much.

  2. Jürgen Halberstadt February 2, 2021

    None of them had seen a lion in real before, and they just had the descriptions of a lion from some traveler who had seen a lion months and sometimes years ago, or the written description from the bible.

  3. Maybe they actually shaved them like that.

  4. Just Saying February 2, 2021

    All they had to do was look at a local house cat and draw it larger. Maybe people back then suffered from acute vision problems, or maybe that’s the way local house cats looked.

  5. Considering that most of these were probably drawn by artists who had never seen an actual lion or had photos to use as reference, they’re not that bad. Amazing how many people think the internet existed in medieval times.

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    • True. In medieval times they probably hadn’t seen a photo of a lion.

    • We all have this today and most people can’t even draw a spider right.

  6. Or they just shaved them like that. XD

  7. Cmon face it. Medieval peple just had no talent

  8. And they probably voted for Trump

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  9. The one next to the unicorn actually looks legit

  10. One of the pictures is a manticore and not a lion, as the Greek inscription says. The artist was not guilty.

  11. Denigrating people because of race religion or gender preference is forbidden, but if they have political opinions different than yours it’s fine to insult?

  12. Many have wierd humanesque faces. I am a conservative fom england.

  13. Anonymous May 29, 2021

    It’s because the artists have a little time to observe the lions, then they have to run away from them.

  14. Anonymous July 16, 2021

    Hey dudes.
    The artist were making them faces Look like some local people. That were normal way to Make jokes on people

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