Recognising saints: eagle

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The eagle is one of the attributes of Saint John the Evangelist

The eagle represents one of the four creatures (symbolic of the Evangelists) that are described as surrounding God’s throne in the Bible in Revelation 4:7.

German, South, 'Saint John on Patmos', about 1460-70
German, South, Saint John on Patmos, about 1460-70 

Saint John the Evangelist is also often shown holding a chalice containing a serpent, alluding to the cup of sorrow foretold by Jesus (Matthew 26:39).

Saint John on Patmos
German, South
about 1460-70

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