Calf of SAINT LUKE

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Marysville, United States

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St. Luke its always represented by the calf or ox, the sacrificial animal, because his Gospel begins with the account of Zachary, the priest, the father of John the Baptist.

He is called a painter by Nicephorus Callistus (fourteenth century), and by the Menology of Basil II, A.D. 980.

A picture of the Virgin in S. Maria Maggiore, Rome, is ascribed to him, and can be traced to A.D. 847

It is probably a copy of that mentioned by Theodore Lector, in the sixth century.

This writer states that the Empress Eudoxia found a picture of the Mother of God at Jerusalem, which she sent to Constantinople.

As Plummer observes, it is certain that St. Luke was an artist, at least to the extent that his graphic descriptions of the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Shepherds, Presentation, and the Shepherd and lost sheep, etc., have become the inspiring and favorite themes of Christian painters.

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