Recognising saints: eagle

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).

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

Explore more images of Saint John the Evangelist in the collection

Workshop of the Master of the Female Half-Lengths: 'Saint John on Patmos'
Saint John on Patmos
Master of the Female Half-Lengths
Stephan Lochner: 'Three Saints'
Three Saints
Stephan Lochner